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Equal pay

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

April 9 was Equal Pay Day. Each year, the date of Equal Pay Day is obtained by computing how far into 2013 women must work to earn what men earned for the year 2012.

In October 2012, AAUW released “Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation.” The report, which uses the latest nationally representative data, compares “apples to apples” by looking at the pay gap after controlling for various factors affecting earnings: occupation, college major, and hours worked. This study reinforces research for the 2007 publication, “Beyond the Pay Gap.”

In spite of widespread efforts to dismiss the pay disparity, the difference cannot be explained away by women’s choices. Are women charged 23 percent less college tuition then men? When women attend college and accept their first jobs, fairness would dictate equal wages. Fair is fair. Support equal pay for everyone based on employment, not on gender.

Velma Dysart

Co-president, AAUW Crystal Lake area branch

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