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Letter: Misleading on pay

It is very important to clarify your somewhat misleading editorial that women earn 77 percent of what men earn.

Here is a direct quote from the 2012 Association of American University Women Pay Gap Report: “In part, these pay gaps do reflect men’s and women’s choices, especially the choice of college major and the type of job pursued after graduation. For example, women are more likely than men to go into teaching, and this contributes to the pay gap because teachers tend to earn less than other college graduates. This portion of the pay gap is considered to be explained, regardless of whether teachers’ wages are considered fair.

“Yet not all of the gap could be ‘explained away.’ After accounting for college major, occupation, industry, sector, hours worked, workplace flexibility, experience, educational attainment, enrollment status, GPA, institution selectivity, age, race/ethnicity, region, marital status, and number of children, a 5 percent difference in the earnings of male and female college graduates one year after graduation was still unexplained.”

Somehow, this point is always left off the media discussion trail. Five percent is a huge difference from 23 percent quoted in your editorial.

Of course, any pay discrimination is unacceptable.



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