Obama To Sign Gender Pay Gap Orders, But Equal Pay Stays Elusive

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Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Obama delivers remarks during a commemoration last year of the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act.

President Barack Obama will sign two executive orders today -- also known as National Equal Pay Day -- addressing the wage gap between men and women. The plan is part of a bigger Democratic effort, including an expected Senate vote tomorrow on the Paycheck Fairness Act. The goal is to focus on gender pay gaps and motivate women to vote for Democrats in the 2014 midterm congressional elections, according to the Washington Post.

Whether the move will generate support is yet to be seen. But according to recent studies, it will take far more than a presidential decree or a symbolic vote in Congress for women to make the same amount for the same work as men.