In 1963, when the Equal Pay Act was signed, women made less than 60 cents for every dollar a male worker made. Despite efforts to address the issue, pay disparity among men and women has remained a problem. Though the data shows that some progress has been made, it also shows there is still a ways left to go. According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, women on average earned 77 cents for every dollar their full-time male counterparts made in 2009.
The largest employment discrimination suit ever filed in the US moved one step closer to trial this past April when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirmed a lower court's decision to certify the case as a class action.