Sunday, September 04, 2005

Equal pay for equal work

A Warren Farrell column says:
Nothing disturbs working women more than the statistics often mentioned on Labor Day showing that they are paid only 76 cents to men's dollar for the same work. If that were the whole story, it should disturb all of us; like many men, I have two daughters and a wife in the work force. ...

After years of research, I discovered 25 differences in the work-life choices of men and women. All 25 lead to men earning more money, but to women having better lives. ...

I want my daughters to know that people who work 44 hours a week make, on average, more than twice the pay of someone working 34 hours a week. And that pharmacists now earn almost as much as doctors. But only by abandoning our focus on discrimination against women can we discover these opportunities for women.
You can get info about his new excellent book on his web site.

I recently talked to a couple who were firmly convinced that men get favored treatment in the workplace. The man is a computer programmer and his wife is a nurse. Neither of them had ever observed a woman getting less pay or some other unfavorable treatment on the job just because she was a woman. And yet they still somehow thought that men have some big advantage.

I've never seen any job discrimination against women either. I've seen women who were hired or promoted above their level of competence, but none who suffered some unfair sex discrimination.

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