For all the progress we've made as a nation, women still aren't receiving equal pay for equal work.
April 17th marks Equal Pay Day, a day recognizing the continuing wage gap between men and women in the United States. On average in 2011, a woman had to work 15 and a half months to make the same amount of money a man earned in a year.
The numbers vary from state to state, but women in Hawaii earn $.80 for every $1.00 a man makes for doing the same work. But these numbers don't tell the whole story as this disparity in pay hurts women once again when they retire, since lifetime benefits are typically tied to workers' wages.
As we observe Equal Pay Day on April 17, let's keep up the fight for fair pay. When women receive the much-deserved respect of an equal wage, our families and our nation will be strengthened.
One step in this fight was when President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on January 29, 2009. This law makes it easier for women to challenge pay discrimination and applies to workers who file claims of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, or disability.