New Mexico Political Report: Equal Pay Act turns 60

June 9. 2023

ERA National Campaigns Director Deborah Vagins was interviewed for an article in New Mexico Political Report about the 60th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act:

Women still suffer from occupational segregation, particularly women of color. Employers may also overlook women for promotions or there could be inequities in pay raises. Women can also suffer the “motherhood penalty,” Vagins said.

“Employers assume women are not as committed to work because of childcare responsibilities, while men get a fatherhood ‘bonus,’” she said.


Vagins said the LGBTQ wage gap is caused by many of the same issues as the gender wage gap, including occupational segregation…

“If an employer can terminate you because of who you love, it contributes to the wage gap,” Vagins said.

Read the article.

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