It’s hard to believe, but right now–in 2012–women get paid 30 percent less than men for the same exact job. A bill to fight that discrimination was defeated in Congress this week, falling 8 votes short of the 60 needed. Not a single Republican voted for the bill.
Republicans said the bill would make trial lawyers rich, but would cost employers plenty while doing very little to solve the problem. Democrats say the bill would simply close loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act–the very loopholes that have allowed the discrimination to continue all these decades since.
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