President Obama wants the US to collect a lot more data on the gender wage gap

The first bill President Obama ever signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — a basic but crucial protection for women who have been paid less than their male colleagues for years but didn’t know it.

Seven years later, Obama knows better than to expect this Congress to advance women’s equality, so he’s continuing to do what he can through executive orders and federal agencies. On Friday he announced that the government is going to start collecting data on employee demographics and salaries from all large employers, not just federal contractors.

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