California has been ahead of the curve in addressing income inequality. Activists and legislators have worked hard to ensure that people of all races, backgrounds and genders are paid a fair wage for the same work. One of the most challenging barriers to this work is the persisting gender pay gap.
The gap is "an embarrassing reality of our economy," according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Their recent ruling makes progress by declaring women cannot make less than men because of a pay gap from earlier employment.