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On this day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act of 1963, aimed at eliminating wage disparities based on gender.

“‘Equality’ bill becomes law,” read the headline in the Deseret News.

“President Kennedy signed into law Monday a bill extending equality of sees to the pay window.

“The new law will forbid the employers of 27.5 millions U.S. workers to pay women less than men for doing the same work.”

The story did acknowledge the legislation did not cover all women workers and would not take effect until the next year, but did say the measure was considered a victory by advocates of women’s rights in the U.S.

The law amended the Fair Labor Standards Act, aimed at abolishing wage disparity was part of Kennedy’s New Frontier Program.

Deseret News archives through the years show that while the legislation addressed the issue, progress has been incremental and often discouraging for many Americans.

The truth about Utah’s and the nation’s gender pay gap

Obama signs first bill into law, on equal pay

Opinion: What women can add to the workforce — if we remove these obstacles

The drive for equal pay”

The pay gap persists, but we can make Equal Pay Day obsolete

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