It should go without saying that women deserve equal pay for equal work. Yet despite all of our advances, women are still paid less than their male peers. In fact, for every dollar a man earns, a women working a full-time job makes only 79 cents. For women of color, the wage gap is even wider. Women make up nearly half the U.S. labor force, so why are we treated like second-class workers? When women aren’t paid equally, families suffer. The need for pay equity is further highlighted as more women become breadwinners. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires companies to give their male and female employees the same pay for the same work, but more than 50 years later, the gender gap persists. Legislation can help close that gap by enforcing equal pay and giving workers more opportunities to voice their complaints and fight for their hard-earned money.