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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM

State shouldn’t have too much pride in its economy

No mention of gender-pay gap

I am disappointed that in the top 10 concerns about Washington’s economic performance, the recent study on the alarming difference between women’s and men’s pay in Seattle was not mentioned [“Don’t be smug about region’s economic outlook,” online, April 11].

Seattle has the largest pay gap among the 50 major metropolitan areas, particularly for women of color, with women making 73 cents for every dollar a man makes. Considering women are 50 percent of the population, this has major implications on our entire state.

If women’s pay were increased in Seattle, not only would our buying power increase, but our retirement security, ability to provide for our families and equality would increase as well.

Sara Kiesler, Seattle

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