Our Own Self Worth

Women have been struggling to receive salaries that reflect the work they perform. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 gave women the right to obtain equal pay for equal work. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave women the right to seek equal pay of comparable work. Despite these legislative victories, gender based pay inequity still exists and there are many arguments rationalizing its existence. Among them are education, the undervaluation of women’s work, time in employment, employment selection, and the thought that this is a women’s issue.

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Although President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, there is much work ahead of us. It behooves all of us to recognize our own self-worth and not settle for the low salaries when our experience and education speaks volumes. It is also crucial that we aggressively seek methods to invest wisely and to pursue opportunities that will propel us to levels that will allow us to live comfortably, retire graciously, and to prosper because accepting less weakens our economic power.

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