Vintage Batgirl PSA: “It’s no joke, it’s the federal equal pay law!’

48 years ago tomorrow, the Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy to “prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers”. To celebrate, check out this PSA from the 60’s starring Batman (Adam Westunidentified actor), Robin (Burt Ward), and Batgirl (Yvonne Craig). Holy discontent Batman!

The ad is unfortunately still relevant. As President Obama pointed out in his press release from last year, at the time the Act was signed, women were paid 59 cents for every dollar earned by men. But today, 48 years later, pay parity remains far from reality, as women in the United States still only earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. For women of color, this gap is even wider.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a good start, but as we all know, there’s much more to be done. You may remember that the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have expanded the scope of the original 1963 law, failed to pass the Senate back in November. According to the Nation, by some estimates women could lose between $500,000 and $1 million over a forty-year career.

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Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to serving as an Executive Director at Feministing, Lori is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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