Tonight's Friday Night Movie is the three hour PBS documentary Women Who Make America. The film goes trhough the history of the woman's movement of the 1960's. Recently we wrote about foreign guest workers enabling sex discrimination in high tech. This film shows just how bad it was for women's equal rights and the battles fought. Yet in 2013, Republicans are yet again blocking a bill to guarantee equal pay for equal work. Women still make 77¢ to a dollar a man makes for the same work.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would close the loopholes that allow pay discrimination to continue nearly 50 years after passage of the Equal Pay Act. The bill would require employers to show pay disparity is truly related to job performance—not gender. It also prohibits employer retaliation for sharing salary information with coworkers. Under current law employers can sue and punish employees for sharing such information, ensuring many women never know they are being paid less than men doing the same job.
Woman Who Make America - Awakening
Woman Who Make America - Changing the World
Woman Who Make America - Charting a New Course