Equal Pay Day Highlights Discrepancy Between Pay for Men and Women

Congress considers additional legislation to address pay discrimination.

Today is designated Equal Pay Day by the National Committee on Pay Equity because April 20 marks the 110 extra days that U.S. women must work into 2010 in order to equal what men earned in 2009.

According to the latest census statistics, women still earned only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man in 2008.

"There are some signs of progress: the first bill Barack Obama signed into law as President targeted the U.S. pay gap, and the Senate is considering a bill that is meant to address underlying discrimination," Time magazine notes.

Read Time's analysis of why pay discrimination remains pervasive.

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