Piper Hoffman

Rock the Boat
APRIL 21, 2012 7:55PM

It's Equal Pay Day. Hard to Believe We Still Need One.

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Women earn less than 78 cents for every dollar men earn. Weren’t we supposed to be past this by now?

Women earn more degreesTime Magazine says we are soon to be the “richer sex.” There is no plausible argument that our work is less valuable than men’s. And yet, here we are.

Plausible or not, some people still believe that men should earn more money because they should support their families while their wives care for their children. Setting aside the back-handed insult to women who don’t have children (suggesting that we are not fulfilling our primary duty or purpose in life), this is also a ludicrously anachronistic perspective in an age when most mothers work outside the home and more men than ever are children’s primary caretakers, and when many families are headed by single moms and therefore at higher risk for poverty.

For more depressing statistics and information, visit the National Committee on Pay Equity’s site.

Let’s work towards the time when Equal Pay Day is relegated to the history books because equal pay has become a reality.

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