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I remember when this was big issue in Gore campaigne. No you hear nothing of it. You would think this is on the radar of progressives and Speaker Pelosi. has this become a lost cause?

Gender Pay Gap, Once Narrowing, Is Stuck in Place

Throughout the 1980s and early ’90s, women of all economic levels — poor, middle class and rich — were steadily gaining ground on their male counterparts in the work force. By the mid-’90s, women earned more than 75 cents for every dollar in hourly pay that men did, up from 65 cents just 15 years earlier.

Largely without notice, however, one big group of women has stopped making progress: those with a four-year college degree. The gap between their pay and the pay of male college graduates has actually widened slightly since the mid-’90s.

For women without a college education, the pay gap with men has narrowed only slightly over the same span.

These trends suggest that all the recent high-profile achievements — the first female secretary of state, the first female lead anchor of a nightly newscast, the first female president of Princeton, and, next month, the first female speaker of the House — do not reflect what is happening to most women, researchers say.


Originally posted to FLS on Sun Dec 24, 2006 at 07:23 AM PST.

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  •  Read this and believed it.... (2+ / 0-)
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    Athena, shaharazade

    Read this great article on pink and princesses too....

    from Peggy Orenstein

    It is entertaining and deeply thoughtful.

    She speaks of the three waves of feminism:
    First to capture the vote and rights as citizen;
    Second to capture "reproductive rights and economic, social and legal equality;"
    Third to capture sexual equality.

    The third wave are the grrrls of "Sex and the City" who use bitch as a complement and want to be Pretty in Pink while working in the boardroom.  So now we have Disney Princesses everywhere and Paris and Britney role models, freed from their diapers AND thongs.  

    Except, we can't get into the boardroom so much without law suits changing the attitudes of those in charge- and law suits are now less fashionable.  I was encouraged by the WalMart ladies and their suit- and discouraged at the same time.

    Are we stuck because we want to be stuck, or are we stuck because the old boys club, who will deny it all the way to the bank, just plain like working with men they are comfortable with and not women.  They are in their own universe and can't see the way out?

    There was a revealing article published by a man scientist who had a sex change operation to become a woman scientist.  She wrote of the bias she now experienced, and uniquely could compare it to the experience of being a male scientist with the same publication record.  People thought the papers were written by her brother, even though initials were used.

    We need to think about the fourth wave of feminism- which may be the wave that supports gay rights, racial equality, religious freedom and the right of people to be viewed as whole persons not just their sexuality.  

    Must get back to cleaning the house, wrapping the gifts and cooking dinners.  But seriously, I enjoy cooking part!

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

    by murrayewv on Sun Dec 24, 2006 at 07:42:58 AM PST

  •  My entire career I've been screwed out of pay (0+ / 0-)

    and promotions because I lack a Y chromosone.  On the few occasions when I challenged management for a higher rate, they always came up with some ridiculous excuse as to why I didn't "qualify" for the same pay and benefits as my male peers.  But because I was in a class of my own, I didn't have a good enough case to sue.
     The latest pay discrimination came this year.  The supervisor offered me the job at $X, and I turned him down, saying that amount was too low, especially taking into account my extensive experience in the industry.  The company is now offering 130% of what they offered me for that position, no doubt to a male with much less experience than me.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Sun Dec 24, 2006 at 11:25:29 AM PST

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