BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the equal pay act of 1963 which stopped the practice of paying female employees less than men. But statistics show that the act hasn't exactly met its goal.
It’s been half a century since the act passed and even though women have made great strides in the workforce they are still only being paid on average 77 cents for every dollar paid to men.
When President John F. Kennedy signed the equal pay act of 1963 he declared to make pay equal for women, but here we are in 2013 and women are still making around 20 cents less per dollar on average than men.
"I think some things haven't changed a lot and I think women still have to work really hard to be equally recognized in some industries, in some professions and in some positions," said Holly Culhane President of P.A.S Associates in Bakersfield.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistic shows that regardless of race the amount made per week is still noticeably lower than men.
Financial expert and author Denise Winston said it is up to the woman herself on how much money she makes by negotiating.
"I think that for women, some of the easiest money that they can ever make is to learn how to negotiate. When you really value yourself and know your worth that's what's going to get you that extra money and once you earn that money straight out of the gate you're going to continue to earn it over and over and over again."
More women are seen in college and graduating with degrees yet statistic shows that regardless of the degree men still make more money.
But in order to level the playing field most women say it is important not to compare but to do your job and do it well.