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Equal Pay Act: It’s time to end the ‘motherhood penalty’

The gender pay gap is one of feminism’s most pivotal and enduring issues

By Serena Kutchinsky  

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It’s been almost 45 years since the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1970. Yesterday, MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of passing the Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill which could force thousands of companies to publish the gender pay gap between their male and female employees. This comes after attempts to get firms to publish the information voluntarily failed, with only five of 7,000 companies doing so.

The gender pay gap is one of feminism’s most pivotal and enduring issues.…

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