TELL US: How Would You Eliminate Pay Gap for Women?

Should we pass laws to attack the problem, or is there another solution?

The pay gap between men and women—the difference in pay for the same jobs—was front and center in last week's presidential debate. The exchange over equal pay led to the second debate's most memorable quip about "binders full of women." That statement became an instant Internet meme.

Slate, meanwhile, has published an interactive map showing how each state and county does with wage inequality. In Newport County, women there are paid 61 cents for every dollar a man earns for the same job.

So where is the worst in New England? Coastal New Hampshire's Rockingham County, where women average 59 cents for every dollar a man in a similar role would earn.

What can be done? Should the government step in and legislate pay equality? Tell us your ideas in the comments section below.

George Kassis October 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Is it not ironic that the party that wants to legislate what women can do and cannot do with their bodies is the party that refuses to support the Lilly Ledbedder act calling for women to be paid the same as men for the same job under the guise that we should not legislate these matters...!
Lee October 24, 2012 at 10:22 PM
George, how and who is going to determine that the jobs are the same? If it costs to much to pay two people the same they will just lay off one and hire a part timer or contract it out. So George again, how are you going to make it work, or maybe you didn't look at the unexpected results. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, the goverment can't fix all of these fuffly high lofty ideas.
Lou October 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Women are much more likely to be the primary care giver of children, and much more likely to be a single parent than a man. How would a law handle cases were a single mother works with a man (who is not a single father), in a job where occasionally they are required to travel overnight or long days; or required to work an occasional late night or weekend. Shouldn't the employee who is more willing to travel and work late or weekends (regardless of their sex) be compensated more (pay, awards, priority in advancement, etc)? Seems like any such law, would not allow that employee, if it was the man, to be compensated more; now we have the situation, where that employee has a disincentive to travel or work extra hours. Some studies have shown that the gap in wages, is significantly less in same job/same experience and same years on the job are all taken into consideration; vs many other studies that don't take into account years on the job.
Lee October 25, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Lou, where are all the zombies? I guess they can't confront the realities of life. Very good points you've made, now, lets hope they can come up with a valid cross point. I do know that the Obama people are going for the lowest denomiator(wish I could spell) so it might be wishful thinking. It seems they won't venture into the arena of ideas, thank God they didbn't help start this republic.


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