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Equal Pay for Equal Work movement

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Equal Pay flag
image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 June 2015

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A flag enjoying wide use has a vertical white rectangle centered on a red field with the words "Equal Pay" in red placed over a black line and the word "day,-" in black underneath. A clear example can be seen on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.
Pete Loeser, 25 June 2015

About the movement

When the United States Equal Pay Act, one of the first federal anti-discrimination laws that addressed wage differences based on gender, was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy on June 10, 1963, few thought that years later, a "second wave" feminist movement would still be fighting the gender pay gap. The Act had made it illegal to pay men and women working in the same place different salaries for similar work, but the gender pay gap still remained. Even with the passage of more laws to prevent discrimination in the US workplace – e.g., the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act – the gender pay gap still seems an intractable problem. A “third-wave” feminist movement has now spread world-wide, but the gender gap still persists, and women are disproportionately more likely to face poverty and domestic violence than men. Demonstrations in European Union countries and as far away as Australia continue to indicate that the concept that individuals doing the same work should receive the same remuneration - a full range of payments and benefits, including basic pay, non-salary payments, bonuses and allowances - still seems elusive.
Pete Loeser, 25 June 2015

Flag with female sign

Female sign equal pay flag
image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 June 2015

Several flags have made appearances at "Equal Pay" rallies, including a colorful flag with a female gender sign. At a rally in front of the Brandenburg Gate on 21 March 2013 in Berlin, Germany, German Family Minister Manuela Schwesig spoke to both men and women about equal pay for women that day.
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Pete Loeser, 25 June 2015