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Published: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Pay gap real

In response to the “This Just In” item headlined “77 cents on dollar for women? It's a myth, author says” in the Trib's Sept. 3 print edition: Pay disparity between men and women is not a myth — it is a real issue that is being resolved by a combination of activism and market forces.

Until the 1970s, women were paid less for doing the exact same work as their male counterparts. Gloria Steinem and other activists brought this issue to national consciousness, which inspired many companies to change their attitudes — and their policies — toward female employees. Women also began to enter more male-dominated fields, which further enabled women's earning power.

Although the study by Atlantic editor Hanna Rosin states that the pay gap between the genders is narrower than previously assumed — which is a wonderful sign of progress — this issue is no less real. Instead of trivializing this issue, perhaps people could celebrate the progress women have made in respect to economic independence.

Barbara Starn

Connellsville

 

 
 


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