Led’s better; Still, Minority Salaries Range

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Today, Barack Obama put pen to paper to sign the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which’ll make it much easier for women and other minorities to sue their company for pay discrimination. The bill is named for Lilly Ledbetter, who worked for 19 years at a tire factory making much less than her male counterparts. When she tried to take legal action in 1998, she was negged by the Supreme Court. 

“It is fitting that with the very first bill I sign, we are upholding one of this nation’s first principles,” said Obama. “That we are all created equal and each deserve a chance to pursue our own version of happiness.” 

All of this got us wondering, just how bad is pay discrimination these days? We checked  the Bureau of Labor Statistics and learned: It still sucks. Here’s the breakdown of pay for the same work across gender and race:

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Here’s hoping this new bill will help us all get to the same level.

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WordUp:

Ledbetter Bill = a bill recently signed into law by Barack Obama that makes it easier to sue for pay discrimination

By the Numbers:

80¢ = the amount of money a woman makes to every dollar banked by a dude

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