"I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this commonsense bill to ensure a level playing field for everyone, including our top-notch U.S. Women's National Soccer Team," West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said on Wednesday.
Equal pay legislation proposed by House Democrats faces opposition from Republicans and business groups. They argue the bill will hinder employers and lead to unnecessary lawsuits.
Failure to act soon leaves companies open to punitive measures when state governments inevitably step in.
Despite winning the Women's World Cup last year, the women's national team will not get paid the same as the men's team based on technicalities of contracts.
Equal Pay Day falls on March 31 this year. At the current rate of progress in the U.S., women won't catch up to men when it comes to how much they are paid until 2059. Here's a by-the-numbers look at the persistent gender wage gap.
The fight for equal pay by the World Cup-winning U.S. Women's National Team seems to have hit a new block, players Megan Rapinoe and Christen Press said.
"I think that he is trying to divide so he can conquer, not unite so we can all conquer," the World Cup champ said of President Trump.
Only 6 percent of players at live poker tournaments are women.
The government also presented a gender equality document in November with a 10-year national strategy for ending violence against women.
Reducing the gender pay gap would add £150 billion to the economy by 2025, research shows.
The world No. 1 was responding to comments by tournament director Raymond Moore.
At current rate it will take until 2085 for women to reach parity with men in key leadership roles.
Although the U.S. women's national team captured soccer's most coveted trophy, they will still earn far less than the U.S. men.
Some argue the gap is due to "women's choices," but that hides key cultural and social factors.
Books like "Lean In" do not address why ordinary working women are overlooked.
Nicola Sturgeon vowed to "start the business of redressing gender balance"
Facing tough midterms, Democrats target women with campaign for equal pay