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

Pay for women in Boston is better than the rest of New England, but it's still not on par with what men make for the same jobs. 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 this 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 New England, Suffolk County (Boston and a few surrounding cities) does best. On average, women here are paid 83 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.

After decades of debate, the needle's barely budged on pay inequality. What can be done? Should the government step in and legislate pay equality? Or should there be more societal pressure on companies? Tell us your ideas in the comments section below.

Sherry L Pearson October 22, 2012 at 07:03 PM
You may be implying that men work harder than women do. I don't agree. But men still get paid more money on average than women do, and it shouldn't be that way.
FindBalance October 22, 2012 at 08:27 PM
But you can know what the industry averages are, and pedal your wares to other companies in the industry to see if you can get more. And what about the employee who has been working at a company for 20 years making $50k/year. Then an out-of-work person in tough economic times says they will take the same job for $35k (because the company wants to add workers at a lower payscale in tough times, to take a risk where they think they can get a competetive advantage because of it). Should they be able to do that, or do they have to pay the new employee $50k, too? Does it matter if the old and new employee are diff sexes so they should get the same salary, or should they get the same salary if they are both of the same sex? Is that the next step in the struggle for "equality in all", that the govt should regulate the salary of every job, so that all same jobs pay the same amount for anyone who does them?
FindBalance October 22, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Shouldn't all metrics that are important to the value an employee is to a company be considered in the analysis; not just that "for the same or similar job, men are paid more on average than women"? Could there be other factors in determining pay for the "same job" other than a person is a man or a woman? You never hear what all the factors are in determining pay for the same job, only the factor that it's a man or a woman. And you would have a govt beaurocrat or lawyer determine what pay is "fair", rather than people taking responsibility for themselves? That's a big can of worms if law dictates this "equity". If it should be that way, then the person who feels slighted should do something about it themselves.
FindBalance October 22, 2012 at 08:43 PM
'scuse me - If it *shouldn't* be that way (that men get paid more than women, or that anyone of any sex gets paid more than any other person of any sex that does the "same job"), then the person who feels slighted should do something about it themselves.
Sherry L Pearson October 23, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Easier said than done.

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