Monday, April 19, 2010

Rally for equal pay

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 5:43 PM

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Some people seem to think that a rally will make a difference in women being paid the same as men for the same work.

If you think marching for a cause can get results, or you're just a joiner, here's an opportunity.

Those who doubt that women's pay lags behind that of men, consider this:

In 2007, women's median annual paychecks reflected only 78 cents for every $1 earned by men, the National Organization for Women reports, citing the National Committee on Pay Equity. Specifically for women of color, the gap is even wider: In comparison to men's dollar, African American women earn only 69 cents and Latinas just 59 cents.

Women's median pay was less than men's in each and every one of the 20 industries and 25 occupation groups surveyed by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2007. Even men working in female-dominated occupations tend to earn more than women working in those same occupations, the NOW website says.

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