Morning Must Reads: Happy Equal Pay Day

April 17 is Equal Pay Day, which the National Committee on Equal Pay defines as:

This date symbolizes how far into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011.

In the spirit of Equal Pay Day, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this morning has a profile of Lilly Ledbetter.

Lilly Ledbetter's life vision back in the 1970s was much the same as many working women: get a job to help with the household bills, raise her children, build a nest egg and dream of retirement when she planned to read all the books she never had time for.

Instead, her tenacious fight to win the same salary as men at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. evolved into a case before the U.S. Supreme Court and landed her name on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that became federal law in 2009.

The Institute For Women's Policy Research breaks down the numbers on the gender pay gap:

The ratio of women’s to men’s median weekly full-time earnings rose by one percentage point since 2010 and reached a historical high of 82.2 percent. The narrowing of the weekly gender earnings gap from 18.8 percent to 17.8 percent, however, is solely due to real wages falling further for men than for women. Both men and women’s real earnings have declined since 2010; men’s real earnings declined by 2.1 percent (from $850 to $832 in 2011 dollars), women’s by 0.9 percent (from $690 to $684 in 2011 dollars).

 For detailed Pennsylvania data on the gender pay gap, see:

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