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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for June 10

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

U.S. Census Bureau

EQUAL PAY

Profile AmericaWednesday, June 10th. On this date in 1963, Congress enacted the Equal Pay Act to prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages for equal work by employers. Currently, women are paid 78 cents for every dollar of men's wages, up from 61 cents in 1960. One factor in this disparity is the composition of civilian noninstitutional employment, where there are 79 million working men over 16 years old, as opposed to 69.3 million women. But women outnumber men in the ranks of part-time workers by a ratio of around two to one. There are also different job tenures, often caused by career interruptions for childbirth and rearing. Men working full time average around 42 hours on the job per week, versus 37 hours for women. Profile America is in  its 19th  year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 6834
Text: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/epa.cfm 
Background: http://www.nps.gov/subjects/civilrights/equal-pay-act-1963.htm 
Employed men & women/table A-1: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf 
1960 ratio: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/pdf/women_workforce_slides.pdf 
Current ratio: http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/demo/p60-249.pdf 
Part time workers: http://www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cpseea06.htm 
Career paths: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2013/04/17/Why-Women-Are-Leaving-the-Workforce-in-Record-Numbers 
Working hours:  http://www.bls.gov/news.release/atus.nr0.htm

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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