For over fifty years, federal legislation has prohibited wage discrimination based on gender. Specifically, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires equal pay for equal work performed by men and women working in the same establishment. Despite the federal protections for pay equity, there remains an obvious wage gap between men and women. Although women make up nearly half of the work force, a 2015 study conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that female full-time workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. Continue Reading