Full Title of Thesis or Dissertation
College/Department Conferring Degree
Women & Gender Studies
neoliberalism, intersectionality, Lilly Ledbetter, equal pay, women and work
Since the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the wage gap in the United States has only decreased by eighteen cents; signaling that the battle over fair pay for women has gone on for too long. I argue that the neoliberal rhetoric around equal pay has to change to an intersectional approach where women can make legal claims based on many experiences of discrimination. I use the Lilly Ledbetter Paycheck Fairness Act as a case study to examine the history of equal pay in the United States and to provide recommendations on the future of equal pay.
DeBoer, Celia A., "Working women and the Lilly Ledbetter Act: a case study on misleading rhetoric of equal pay" (2014). College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Theses and Dissertations. 162.