Gloria Steinem Is Helping Push Gender Pay Gap Legislation Through, Because Of Course She Is

The feminist icon helps with the good fight once again

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The gender pay gap is a tricky business.

Whilst we know it's happening, getting smaller in some cases, getting wider in others, and we've known for a long while, we're not that much closer to closing it for good.

Even when we think it's getting better in one demographic of women, another still, unfortunately, lags behind.

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There are myriad reasons why it's there and, therefore, not one clear path on how to resolve the problem.

That being said, it isn't a hopeless cause.

Public figures, like our own Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, are finding new, innovative ways to try and close the divide.

Likewise, according to the Cut, New York City public advocate Letitia James introduced legislation that would ban employers from asking prospective applicants about their salary histories.

The reasoning being that it breaks the cycle of inequality.

Since women are systematically paid less, if honest about their current salary, they will likely enter a new job at a lower rate than a male counterpart, whose historic salary may have been higher.

So far, the legislation has been successful, but only in the case of municipal agencies.

Next up, Letitia James (who introduced the legislation), wants it to apply to private companies too.

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And to help her fight the good fight, she's got legendary feminist Gloria Steinem on the case.

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'As an icon of the feminist movement, Gloria Steinem knows just how hard women fought for equal rights,' James said in a statement to the Cut.

Feminist activist Gloria Steinem

'Nowhere is this fight more apparent than in our quest for equal pay for equal work.'

'Gender wage discrimination is destructive not only to female workers, but to our entire economy,' James continued.

'Closing the wage gap starts with barring employers from asking questions about salary history so any previous salary discriminating is not perpetuated.

With Gloria's support, we will ban salary history in hiring and take an important step toward equal pay for equal work.'

We may be far from hearing the end about the gender pay gap, but this sure does seem like a logical place to start.

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