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‘Equal Pay Day’ Trivializes An Important Issue

Posted by thelamp on July 14, 2006

You may have observed “Equal Pay Day” this week without even knowing it. The National Organization for Women called for activists to wear red Tuesday, April 25, to protest the pay gap between men and women in America. Unfortunately for women, a pay gap isn’t a one-day event – it’s a lasting condition that is a major cause of poverty in this nation.

Years ago, feminists wore buttons that read simply “59 Cents,” the commonly accepted measure of what women earned compared to men. Today, that figure is 76 cents – but it’s still unacceptable.

NOW is correct that women still do not receive equal pay for equal work, and that minority women often find an even larger pay gap. They are correct to champion federal legislation to correct this glaring inequity.

Equal pay for equal work is an issue of justice – and the Church has historically led the way on justice issues throughout its history.


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