Trump Revoked Equal Pay Law, Only Days Before Equal Pay Day

05.04.2017 - USA - Democracy Now!

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Trump Revoked Equal Pay Law, Only Days Before Equal Pay Day
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President Trump is facing criticism for signing an executive order revoking 2014 rules aimed at protecting equal pay for women—only days before Equal Pay Day, which was Tuesday. According to 2016 data from the Pew Research Center, for every dollar a white man in the U.S. earns, white women earn 82 cents, black women earn 65 cents, and Hispanic women earn 58 cents.

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, is also facing blowback for tweeting, “#EqualPayDay is a reminder that women deserve equal pay for equal work. We must work to close the gender pay gap!”—without acknowledging her father rolled back equal pay protections.

Meanwhile, Iceland’s parliament has introduced legislation that would require both public and private businesses to prove they are paying men and women workers equally. If it passes, it will be the first such law in the world.

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