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The 50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act

June 13, 2013 | Sarah

by NeW intern Catie

This Monday, June 10th, marked the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act instituted by John F. Kennedy in 1963. I got together with a group from the Independent Women’s Forum to pass out donuts and information on the gender wage gap at the Union Station Metro Stop.

We certainly attracted many people for the donuts (and had several returning customers!), but we also attracted left-leaning individuals in favor of increasing women’s “rights” through government legislation. People heard us say

We are celebrating 50 years of achievement and progress for American women. Please take some literature regarding current facts on the wage gap.

I am sure many of the people passing by thought we were a liberal, feminist organization. However, IWF, like NeW, believes that more government intervention on the question of equal pay raises many problems. The left pushes on the public false information on the wage gap as a means to expanding government and increasing regulation. I felt great satisfaction in distributing information that doesn’t victimize women based on their sex, but encourages women to pursue their goals because they are not held back by anything. I enjoyed being part of this inspiring message to women in memory of the Equal Pay Act, rather than a message that tells women they are unfairly treated and cannot achieve success.

 

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