The Common Good

Holy Act of Congress! Batgirl Defends Equal Pay

Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images
Batgirl (Yvonne Craig) in a studio portrait from January 1967. Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images.

The video clip may be a bit grainy, but the message of a public service announcement about the federal Equal Pay law from 45 years ago feels thoroughly (and maddeningly) au courant.

Last week marked the 49th anniversary of the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

The vintage PSA, starring Batgirl (Yvonne Craig), Batman (Adam West), and Robin (Burt Ward) from the 1960s television series Batman, finds the "dynamic duo" in a familiar kerfuffle — tied to a chair in a "deserted warehouse on the outskirts of town" with a bomb ticking just out of reach.

BAM! Batgirl bursts through a door just in time to rescue them before the bomb goes off. But ... not so fast, fellas. First, Batgirl, resplendent in her purple body suit and mask,  has a bone to pick with her male colleagues.

"I've worked for you for a long time and I less than Robin," Batgirl tells the Bat-dudes. "Same job, same employer means equal pay for men and women."

"There's no time for jokes, Batgirl," Batman chides.

Oh no he di'in't'!

"It's no joke. It's the federal equal pay law," Batgirl says.


"Holy act of Congress," Robin shrieks, while Batman adds a pathetic, "Can we talk about this later?"

Will Batgirl save the dynamic duo?

Will she get equal pay?

Will we actually still be debating these issues almost a half-century later?



Thanks for the tip, Huffington Post and Sociologial Images.

Sojourners relies on the support of readers like you to sustain our message and ministry.

Related Stories


Like what you're reading? Get Sojourners E-Mail updates!

Sojourners Comment Community Covenant

I will express myself with civility, courtesy, and respect for every member of the Sojourners online community, especially toward those with whom I disagree, even if I feel disrespected by them. (Romans 12:17-21)

I will express my disagreements with other community members' ideas without insulting, mocking, or slandering them personally. (Matthew 5:22)

I will not exaggerate others' beliefs nor make unfounded prejudicial assumptions based on labels, categories, or stereotypes. I will always extend the benefit of the doubt. (Ephesians 4:29)

I will hold others accountable by clicking "report" on comments that violate these principles, based not on what ideas are expressed but on how they're expressed. (2 Thessalonians 3:13-15)

I understand that comments reported as abusive are reviewed by Sojourners staff and are subject to removal. Repeat offenders will be blocked from making further comments. (Proverbs 18:7)