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April 10, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Seattle has worst gender-pay gap in the U.S.

Gap is surprising in such a progressive city

I was really surprised when I stumbled upon this article of how Seattle has the worst gender-pay gap throughout 50 U.S. metropolitan areas [“Study: Seattle’s gender pay gap worst in the U.S., online, April 8].

Shouldn’t a state that is progressive in gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana also be actively trying to end pay inequality among genders?

This article worries me because when I leave college and try to get a job in my field — which is sociology, and for an undergrad, it doesn’t pay much as it is — I will still have to worry about getting paid the same as a male in my position.

We’ve been struggling with gender inequality forever, and it’s really disappointing that it still hasn’t changed. The Equal Pay Act was put into place in 1963 and about a half a century later, the pay gap hasn’t closed nearly as much as it should have.

On a positive note, the gap is slowly closing and a slow rate is really better than none at all.

Amy Kleitsch, Bellingham

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