Why won’t Mitt Romney make any statements about Senate Republicans expected blockade of the Paycheck Fairness Act later this week? Because he has three conflicting interests: he needs to align himself with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, distance himself from Obama, and secure a greater percentage of women voters, and he can’t do all three.
In 1963, when President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act (EPA) into law, women made an estimated $.59 for every dollar men earned; since the law’s passage, that number has risen to $.774 cents. But the wage gap between genders has been closing at an increasingly slow pace. Look, for instance, at the figures from 1996, which showed women to be making $.738 to the dollar. That’s a net gain of less than four cents to the dollar in the past twelve years, which isn’t much of an improvement…. Read More.
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