50 Years and Getting Worse: The State of (Un)Equal Pay

This year, women had to work from January 1, 2018 until April 2, 2019 to make as much as men made in 2018 alone. (Oliver Betke for BPW Germany / Creative Commons)

April is the month every year when we un-celebrate Equal Pay Day—the day women’s earnings finally reach the amount their male peers earned by the end of the previous year.

This year, women had to work from January 1, 2018 until April 2, 2019 to make as much as men made in 2018 alone.

It’s been over 50 years since the Equal Pay Act was passed—but the wage gap is still stuck at around 80 cents on every man’s dollar. In the audio clip below, I explore what we need to do in order to overcome the barriers that perpetuate the pay gap—and achieve economic equality at last.

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Martha Burk is Money editor at Ms.