Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Waging War on the Wage Gap

I found an article I thought both informative and supportive of women concerned with wage parity. We’ve got a long way to go before women are paid equal pay for equal work, and, as Debra Katz and Christine F. Andronici in Ms. Magazine by way of AlterNet show, we’re both blamed for the disparity and punished for speaking up. Their article, The Wage Gap for Women, shows how women, once hired at a salary lower than their male counterparts, have a hard time addressing the discrepancy because employers, supported by the courts, front a “she-didn’t-ask” defense.

The authors suggest pushing their case in the courts the better way to right the imbalance, because there are protective statutes on the books, most notably in the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. This way, too, employers who just don’t get it yet will be digging their own graves by hiring women at lower salaries while women won’t have to risk not getting the job for speaking up.
Affirmative Action for Boys???
And now I learn that young women applicants for the university shouldn't be upset when they're passed over by a boy with the justification that the gender balance has tipped demonstrably in their favor. Even erstwhile all boys creme de la creme, Harvard, icon of boy brain power, is girl-dominant now. See here.