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April 14, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Not much has changed in 44 years for parity in women’s pay

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the Equal Rights Amendment (the possible 26th Amendment then) was being discussed, argued and finally defeated, I was a young mother whose job was to raise  four chilldren.

Women are still getting about 23 cents less an hour per $1  than men. Still!  [“Forum: The gender pay gap is real. Have you been affected?” Opinion Northwest, April 14]. This hasn’t changed in 44 years. What is wrong here?

For the most part, women receive less pay, still have the same amount of Social Security and taxes taken out and a reduced take-home pay.  And they receive less Social Security payments in their retirement years than men because of this lack of parity.

We need stronger voices from the public to overcome the problems of the past.  Let’s raise our voices in concert for parity in pay.  And women – let’s fight for what is rightfully ours:  equal pay for equal work.

Elizabeth M. Williams, Seahurst

Comments | More in Womens rights | Topics: Elizabeth M. Williams, Equal Rights Amendment, Pay parity

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