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Letter: We need to end inequality, close the wage gap

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Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 12:00 am

Tuesday, April 8 is Equal Pay Day. It is observed in April to indicate how far into each year a woman must work to earn as much as a man earned in the previous year. Equal Pay Day is an unhappy marker of how far we have to go before we close the gender wage gap. The wage gap has not budged in nearly a decade, leaving women and families continuing to suffer the effects of lost wages.

The American Association of University Women empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW has been committed to promoting equity for women. AAUW’s 2013-15 Public Policy Program states that AAUW is committed to supporting “fairness in compensation, equitable access and advancement in employment, and rigorous enforcement of employment anti-discrimination statutes.” AAUW believes pay equity is a simple matter of justice and continues to support initiatives that seek to close the persistent and sizable wage gaps between men and women.

If you are a woman, have a mother, a sister, a daughter or a niece, you should be concerned about this issue. It is time for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would expand upon the scope of the Equal Pay Act. Contact your U.S. representative and U.S. senators to act now to pass this important legislation.

For more information about the equal pay gap, log on to the AAUW website: www.aauw.org/resource/quick-facts-on-the-gender-pay-gap/.

Barbara Peck and Mary Ann Cox-Martin

Co-presidents

Lodi Branch, American Association of University Women

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12 comments:

  • Joe Baxter posted at 10:34 am on Wed, Apr 9, 2014.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1892

    Equality? What a non-issue issue. Democrats are shaking in their boots over the November election so they have to manufacture a phony situation to woo the female voters. How about the Democrats start paying more to the female Senate workers that earn approximately $5.5k a year less than their male counterparts? Oops.

     
  • Charles Nelson posted at 7:42 pm on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    Charles Nelson Posts: 259

    I work at a job where you only earn what you produce. I'm the only man there, and pretty sure I earn more than anyone else. That being said, if I earned my wife's salary, I'd burn mine. My wife earns a higher salary than almost every man I know. I have multiple female clients who earn more than almost every man I know, including their husbands. There are perfectly rational reasons for wage inequality, and gender is the least of them. The issue is largely myth.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 9:00 am on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    [thumbup]

     
  • John Kindseth posted at 8:37 pm on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    John Kindseth Posts: 245

    Not sure you are reading the same column and blogs that the rest of us are.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:54 pm on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Why do you think that there is such an outcry from Angry White Men, Mr. Kindseth?

    That's exactly what companies are doing. Good to know you understand and approve of that agenda.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 10:23 am on Fri, Apr 4, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2079

    Your liberalism is showing. NO WHERE in the article OR in my comments is there the suggestion that women SHOULD be paid LESS. Explanations as to WHY women are paid less.

    Man, woman, minority, handicapped or whoever that is doing the job should be paid EQUALLY according to their WORK. If any worker is working less, to a lower standard or otherwise not performing as well as the higher paid workers, then they should NOT be paid as much as them.

    Only a FAR Left Liberal would argue that anyone who works less OR underperforms, for whatever reason, should be paid as much as the hardest workers.

     
  • John Kindseth posted at 9:44 pm on Thu, Apr 3, 2014.

    John Kindseth Posts: 245

    There are more than enough true and verifiable facts to support either side of this argument so that BOTH sides can and should declare victory and go home.

    I leave with one suggestion.... If women make less...and a business can pay them less......then any astute business person would only hire women, get rid of all the men and save the company a ton of money. If women are truly paid less.... then get rid of the overpriced men ! Hire women !

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:00 pm on Thu, Apr 3, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    "A very good rebuttal..."

    Now, let me understand this correctly...the person who stridently defended his belief that women were perfectly capable of holding their own in combat situations also believes that these women should get paid LESS for doing it?

    But I really can see how Mr. Kindseth is in agreement with the proposition put forth in his "helpful" article that states that the reason women are paid less is because, instead of putting in an 8.14 hour day, they are such slackers that they only work 7.75 hours of a full 8 hour day???

    And to boot, they are so lazy that they ONLY opt for jobs that don't require them to go out of their way by having to travel or to inconvenience themselves.....Uh, I guess it's so they can get home in time to watch all the SOAPS that they've recorded that day before they begin their "2nd Shift."

    And so many people think that men don't have a sense of humor!!

     
  • Christina Welch posted at 8:20 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 434

    As the article points out, some of the wage gap between men and women can indeed be explained due to human capital and occupational differences. But, to say that wage discrimination against women does not exist at all is not accurate. Especially when one looks at the field of business and corporate America. Only about 4.5% of all Fortune 1000 companies have female CEOs; women only hold about 16% of board seats in corporations; women only hold about 7.5% of all Executive Officer top-earner positions while men hold 92.5%. In business, the physical differences between men and women cannot justify wage differences like can be said for the better paying male-dominated fields of construction, mechanics, fishing, etc. Men and women are on a completely level playing field in business, and women are clearly being discriminated against. And, these stats aren't due to a lack of women trying to enter the field of business--one of the top majors for women in college is business, and actually women earn more degrees than men do! The glass ceiling is, indeed, alive and at play in corporate America.

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 3:00 pm on Wed, Apr 2, 2014.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 554

    try again:
    "Women make less because they often choose lower-paying careers.
    The American Association of University Women researched the income of graduates just one year out of college and found that men had greater starting salaries than women across the board -- even when the comparisons were drawn from graduates who had the same majors and work in the same jobs in the same sectors."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/24/equal-pay-for-equal-work-benefits_n_4646022.html

    "In fact, according to a study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research that used information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earn less than men even within the same occupations. Despite differences in the types of jobs women and men typically perform, women earn less than men in male dominated occupations (such as managers, software developers and CEO’s) and in those jobs commonly filled by women (like teachers, nurses and receptionists)."
    http://social.dol.gov/blog/myth-busting-the-pay-gap/

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 2:18 pm on Wed, Apr 2, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2079

    A very good rebuttal. The article accurately stated what I was thinking.

     
  • John Kindseth posted at 11:57 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2014.

    John Kindseth Posts: 245

    For more helpful information:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/04/16/its-time-that-we-end-the-equal-pay-myth/

     

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