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News State / Region Governor proclaims ‘Equal Pay Day’

Gov. Bev Perdue proclaimed Tuesday, April 12, as Equal Pay Day in North Carolina to recognize the continued disparity in earnings between male and female workers in America.

“Over a 30-year career, pay inequity results in the loss of thousands of dollars, which impacts Social Security benefits and pensions,” said Jill Dinwiddie, Executive Director of the N.C. Council for Women.

“Addressing pay inequity and eliminating barriers faced by women in the workforce is vital to the success of our economy.”

While the 1963 Equal Pay Act prohibits discrimination on the basis on gender, countless studies have shown that women continue to lag in pay behind male counterparts doing the same work. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act of 2009 amends the statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination. One of the first new laws enacted by President Obama, it provides women improved opportunity to seek wage fairness.

In March, the White House issued Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being. It is the first such federal initiative since 1963, when the Commission on Status of Women, established by President Kennedy and chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, produced a report on the conditions of women.

Produced by the Council on Women and Girls, the Office of Management and Budget and the Economics and Statistics Administration within the Department of Commerce, the report pulls together information from across the federal statistical agencies to compile baseline information on how women are faring in the United States today and how these trends have changed over time.

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