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Fighting the Gender Pay Gap

My daughter started her senior year of high school this fall. With college fast approaching, I’ve had some fun discussions with her and family friends about future professions. One thing keeps coming up: It’s the 21st century, and our daughters may still earn less than men for doing the same work.

When my daughter graduates from college, the odds are high that the situation will not have changed much. But while there are many things we can’t fix in this world, but pay inequality ought not to be one of them. And we can start by learning to talk about it in an open and honest way.

One recent development in this issue came from the Gap, which shared their internal pay breakdown. It’s a surprise move for a Fortune 500 company, but the numbers show Gap pays men and women in the same jobs equally. In a company where almost half the executives are women, it’s a big deal. It raises an interesting question. Why don’t more companies make the same disclosures?

Read the rest of the article on The New York Times.

 

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