Fifty three years ago today, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act. The law made sex-based discrimination in pay illegal. A year later, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal to discriminate in the workplace based on sex.
In the last half century, American women have made tremendous strides in the workplace. But if you listen to some leading politicians, you would think that American women are still stuck in the 1960s and a “Mad Men” workplace. Prominent Democrats are using the anniversary of the Equal Pay Act to call for new legislation, the Paycheck Fairness Act, to fix supposedly rampant sex-based pay discrimination.