Solving the pay equity problem: Not that easy

Men and women shall always have jobs they do prefer to do. Everybody should have equal chances and should be paid according to work and seniority. A woman doing the same job as a man for the same length of service should receive the same payment.

We remember:
  • Human Resource people would say it is all about classifying jobs => endless debate about what jobs require more skills, more effort, more responsibility.
  • Kind of things we need to consider looking at not only the gender issues but also at low wage jobs generally.
  • National wage gap = pretty constant
  • women may given a different job title and classification
  • occupational segregation
  • we need to look at how we, as a society, value what we call “women’s work.”  =  only way to cure the pay equity problem.


  • Senate GOP blocks pay equity bill (
    Equal pay for equal work is going to remain center stage in this year’s agenda, and we are not going to let the Republicans who blocked this bill off the hook. That could absolutely mean another vote later in the year,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the chamber’s highest-ranking woman.
    “Republicans in Congress continue to oppose serious efforts to create jobs, grow the economy and level the playing field for working families,” Obama said. “It’s harmful for our national efforts to rebuild an economy that gives every American who works hard a fair shot to get ahead.”
  • City of Seattle launches new efforts to close the gender wage gap and champion equal pay (
  • GOP Representative Mansplains Gender Wage Gap: Women Don’t Make As Much Because They’re Lazier (
    Well, according to Infantine, the gender wage gap only exists because women don’t work as hard as men do.

    “Men by and large make more because of some of the things they do. Their jobs are, by and large, more riskier,” Infantine, a former chairman of the Manchester Republican Committee, said on Wednesday, as captured by progressive advocacy group Granite State Progress. “They don’t mind working nights and weekends. They don’t mind working overtime, or outdoors in the elements.”

    Republican State Rep. Will Infantine of New Hampshire, mansplainer extraordinaire.

    Infantine’s statements resulted in audible objections from other present lawmakers. He repeatedly insisted that his findings came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but that did not seem to appease his objecting peers.

    New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) has also expressed support for the measure, pointing to negative fiscal impacts related to the state’s gender pay gap.

    “Today, well over half of the women in our state are either the primary or co-breadwinners in their families,” Hassan said in January. “And yet, on average, women in New Hampshire earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to what men earn in comparable jobs. This disparity … also puts further strain on our state budget and hurts our local businesses by taking money out of the pockets of consumers.”

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white-house-wage-gap Is the gender gap in wages a myth or is it as the President said yesterday just math?  If a company pays, as does the White House and most other government agencies, equally for the same job, why is there still a gap in total pay?  Is that as Christina Hoff Summers would argue, not a wage gap since the cause is that women are in different job?  Christopher Ingraham wrote in the Washington Post

The American Enterprise Institute caught the White House flat-footed yesterday with its finding that female White House workers earned roughly 88 cents to the dollar compared to male employees. This came the day before two high-profile executive orders aimed at narrowing the gender wage gap among federal contractors.

When asked about the discrepancy by reporters, spokesman Jay Carney said that those figures are based on the total of all staff jobs, and that women tend…

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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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1 Response to Solving the pay equity problem: Not that easy

  1. Equipping The Saints says:

    Thanks for your article; it really makes sense. It’s a shame that you’re not in Congress.
    Please keep up the good work.

    Senior Pastor/Equipping the Saints
    Philip 3:10, “That I May Know Him”


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