The Womens' Movement: Economics

By catzore
  • National Labor Union Backs Equal Pay for Equal Work

    The National Labor Union, one of the
    nation’s first organized labor advocacy
    groups, pushes for equal pay for equal
    work, the concept that a woman must be
    paid the same as a man for doing the same
    or equivalent job with the same qualifications.
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  • Congress Requires Federal Equal Pay for Equal Work

    A federal law that grants female federal
    employees equal pay for equal work is enacted. This right was not extended to the
    majority of female employees who work
    for private companies or state and local governments until the adoption of the
    Equal Pay Act in 1963.
  • Women’s Trade Union League Is Established

    This national labor group is created to
    unionize working women and advocate for
    improved wages and working conditions
    for women. Its leaders will go on to form
    the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union
  • Equal Pay Act Becomes Federal Law

    First proposed 20 years earlier, the law
    says employers must give equal pay for
    men and women performing the same job
    duties regardless of the race, color, religion, national origin or sex of the worker.
  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Signed Into Law

    The federal law expands workers’ right to sue
    for pay discrimination and relaxes the statute of
    limitations on such suits. Ledbetter had sued her
    employer, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., when
    she neared retirement and learned that she was
    paid much less than her male colleagues. But the
    Supreme Court threw out her case, saying she
    should have filed her suit within 180 days of the
    date that Goodyear first paid her less than her
    peers. Courts repeatedly had cited the decision as