Women’s Progression Through Employment and Labor Laws The United States of America is known as the land of the free and home of the brave. Americans are privileged to live in a society where there are laws created and continuously enforced to ensure the protection of the citizens’ rights. Law-breakers have consequences and punished for their wrongdoings and not obeying the law. The government is expected and challenged to practice equality in all decisions that are made. President Abraham Lincoln paved the way towards ending racial segregation by signing the Emancipation Proclamation, which stated, “All men are created equal”. Unfortunately, it did not read, “All people are created equal”. Many …show more content…
Throughout World War II, women replaced men in both the workforce and the military, while coping with rationing, dislocation, and absence of loved ones (Konerding, 2010). Women started working in industries where they had not been allowed to work before. Hundreds of thousands of women later served in the Korean War, Vietnam Era, and Persian Gulf War before the current war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Employment and Labor Laws
Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed into legislation the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to guarantee equal pay for women and men performing equal work for the same employer. “The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was the first in a series of major federal and state laws that had a profound effect on job opportunities and earnings for women over the next half century, and laid the foundation for the movement of women into the paid labor force at unprecedented levels” (The White House, 2013).
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, sex, religion, or national origin. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill into law and it paved the way for future anti-discrimination legislation. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was victorious not only for minorities but a triumph for all women as well. The Act enabled women to obtain jobs normally left for men without discrimination. During this time, about nineteen million of