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February 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Gender pay gap: Take action on inequities facing women

Amy Martinez’s gender pay gap article, “Washington is among worst states for gender gap in income,” [Business/Technology, Jan. 24] highlighted a critical issue at a time when our state legislators have just convened.

I was appalled at the tone of many of the comments on this article, dismissing it as “male bashing” or another excuse for women “to march.” This is a very serious issue, impacting not just women, but our families and communities as a whole.

Sadly, there is no legislation planned for this session to address it. Eliminating the gender pay gap is a top priority for the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW’s report, “Graduating to a Pay Gap,” addresses the same bleak statistics cited by Martinez, and also addresses strategies for enacting change.

Jan. 27 was our annual AAUW Lobby Day in Olympia. A focus area was pay equity. We urged our legislators in person to address this issue.

It’s easy to dismiss issues and throw stones at those who shine the light on inequities. It’s more difficult to take action to get those inequities behind us.

Barbara Sando, Seattle

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