The Fight for Equal Pay Has Just Begun

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My mother, Eileen Quinn, was born before women in our country had the right to vote.

It’s hard to imagine such a time, but thankfully — over the last few decades — many barriers to equal rights for women have been knocked down.

Passage of the Federal Equal Pay Act in 1963, and Illinois’ own Equal Pay Act in 2003, one of the strongest state pay equity laws in the nation, have paved the way for women to transform our workplace and economy.

But today there are too many areas where progress is lagging, and it’s holding our economy back.

Today women make up half of the workforce and heads of households across the nation. Yet discrimination and a lack of training often prevent women from accessing good-paying jobs.

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