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Equal Pay Act 60th Anniversary: #LevelThePayingField

Social Media Campaign

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act throughout the summer. You can too by creating a short video for your own social media followers showing that you support equal pay for equal work.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibits sex-based wage discrimination and requires that men and women in the same work establishment receive equal pay for equal work in jobs that are substantially equal and performed under similar working conditions. Job content (not job titles) determines whether jobs are substantially equal. Although the law was passed 60 years ago, each year there are still hundreds of pay discrimination charges filed with the EEOC, including more than 950 in Fiscal Year 2022, which was the first increase in Equal Pay Act charges in three years.

Last year, the U.S. women’s professional soccer players association signed a historic equal pay agreement to ensure pay equity for its players; during the preceding legal battle, the EEOC filed an amicus brief in court on the players’ behalf. As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, and as the U.S. women’s national team gears up for the 2023 World Cup beginning in July, we can educate social media users about their right to equal pay and help to #LevelThePayingField for all workers.

Want to Participate?

  • Download our easy-to-use graphics to add to your video and/or social media post.
  • Record a video or write a post showing your support for equal pay.
  • Add #LevelThePayingField to your equal pay videos and social media posts between Friday, June 9 and Sunday, August 20, 2023!


Add the #LevelThePayingField graphic to your video. Download here.

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Ideas for what a 30- to 60- second Reel/video can include

  • Tell the viewers your name and why equal pay for equal work is important to you.
  • If you want, remind your followers they can contact the EEOC if they suspect they are not getting equal pay for equal work.
  • Remember to add #LevelThePayingField

Equal Pay Facts

  • The Equal Pay Act requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work.
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII) also prohibits pay discrimination based on sex (in addition to race, color, religion, and national origin).
  • The EEOC enforces the Equal Pay Act and Title VII. People can contact EEOC for help.
  • Pay discrimination contributes to the gender pay gap. Women who work full time are paid on average only about 84 cents on every dollar paid to men.
  • The pay gap is even wider for some women of color, mothers, and LGBTQI+ workers when compared to what white men make.
  • While the pay gap has narrowed, unfair pay disparities persist and women are still overrepresented in lower-paying positions.

Additional Resources

EEOC Data Highlights - 2023 Equal Pay Infographic

Fact Sheet: Notable EEOC Litigation Involving Pay Discrimination

Equal Pay/Compensation Discrimination

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