Since his first days in office, President Obama has pushed for pay equality between women and men in the work force. It was just over three years ago when the President signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help combat pay discrimination by extending the period in which to make a claim. The President is committed to securing equal pay for equal work because American families and the health of our nation’s economy depends up on it.
On average, women make 23 cents less on each dollar earned by their male counterpart, and this disparity grows further for women of color and women with disabilities. This reduced salary results in lesser benefits for women and their families at a time when nearly two thirds of families depend on a female breadwinner. The President wants to close this pay gap once and for all.
In 2010, the President created the National Equal Pay Task Force, which brings together the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to identify and address challenges to gender pay disparities. The Task Force has worked diligently and has made significant gains. Task Force members have increased enforcement of equal pay laws, improved efficiency and efficacy by enhancing federal inter-agency collaboration and ensured that workers are better educated on their right to equal pay while employers are better educated on how to provide it.
We want to provide you with the opportunity to meet our Equal Pay Task Force members and ask them questions about their efforts in connection to and involvement with the Task Force. Please visit the webform and submit your question on or before March 19th, 2012 at 5pm.
We will share your questions with Task Force members who will answer a selection of them via video responses that will be available here on Whitehouse.gov. We look forward to hearing from you.
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