Can You End Unequal Pay?

To look at the data on women’s earning power—it’s still 77 cents, on average, for every dollar men earn—you wouldn’t know there was a law against unequal pay, let alone another one pending.

In 1963, Congress passed the Equal Pay Act—and now the Paycheck Fairness Act has been passed by the House and is awaiting a Senate vote next week.

Why do we need yet another piece of legislation?

In one widely publicized Op-Ed, conservative scholar Christina Hoff Sommers argued that we don’t. Her main point: Women earn less because they make different career choices, not because of discrimination.

Others point to the research showing that women get the short end of the paycheck simply because of their sex.

And many advocates say the new law will offer women greater legal protection by updating the current statute, which has weaker enforcement provisions. To support the Paycheck Fairness Act, send a note to your senator. Or express skepticism below.

Sound off. Do women need an equal pay law?