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Women Still Earning Less

Four years after Ledbetter Fair Play Act, some say little has changed

January 30, 2013

Four years after the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law, Census data shows women in West Virginia still earn just 70 cents on average for every $1 paid to a ma....

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Feb-01-13 3:39 PM

pro female ?To be pro male is considered old fashion extreme. hm.

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Feb-01-13 1:34 AM

Thanks for the advice Wrath, but I already have a masters degree, I am self employed, and I am past the child bearing years. I was responding to your previous comment about women having a "shot" if they dont have children. Since women are the only gender that can bear children, and their financial independence according to your source, is dependent on their being childless, then attempts to prevent women from having abortions is just another attempt at oppression.

Walksabout, I used a coal miner as an example, and I know a few women who have competed for "mens" jobs quite successfully. You are right, mens jobs require strength and they are exposed to crappy circumstances, so are many positions that are primarily women but with a fraction of the pay.

Impossible to compare the CRAP of a job, (physical, mental, dangerous, etc ) but the person has a choice. Steel mills are done and coal mines will be too before long. I am not anit male, just pro female=like to see al

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Jan-31-13 9:02 PM

whats up with the " single working mom" category . Is that like plain old working man, oh yes, with dependents and not or never married ? Just say female with kid, divorced or just female worker.

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Jan-31-13 8:58 PM

bloomin. that is no brainner. Become a coal miner and you get the coal miner pay and benefits. answer too conservative ?

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Jan-31-13 8:52 PM

competing with 11 to 30 million new amnetized low wage earners will do much to raise the pay. good times ahead.

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Jan-31-13 8:49 PM

really low on issues to protest . Somebody is always paid more. So what ? some are paid more than they are worth. You won't ever be underpaid if you hold out for the exact job that tickles all yer fancies.

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Jan-31-13 7:45 PM


LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)- A ‘Paycheck Fairness Act’ introduced in Congress last week would require employers to show pay disparity is related to job-performance and prohibit employer retaliation for sharing salary information with coworkers.

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, both Democrats, said their legislation is aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women and would also address loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act.

Another DUMMORAT bill to FORCE business to OUTSOURCE to China and Mexico!!!!

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Jan-31-13 7:57 AM

Well Bloomin you have a point. My experience it that women with a college degree can OFTEN go further and/or get promoted quicker TODAY because industry is under PRESSURE to show woman in managment and high level positions.

So they have an unfair advantage over men IF they dedicate themselves to a career.

If they take time off to raise a family, they are likely PUNISHED.

But you have a point, the problem is many of the high paying jobs that do NOT require a college degree just require a LOT of physical strength and endurance. Like working 12 hour shifts outdoors in local CRAP weather.

OR climbing 40 story high rise welding steel.

Crawling around thousands of feet below ground controlling heavy equipment.

Sorry, that is just "man" jobs.

STRATEGY: get an education and USE the "promote female" white collar advantage.

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Jan-31-13 12:25 AM

Is it just me or does the picture associated with this article appear to depict a woman "rubbing" snuff?

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Jan-30-13 11:00 PM

I am noticing some snide, sexist, steriotypical remarks. This is 2013 not 1913. Get with the times. You "remarkers" need to come to the party. If a woman can do the job of a man or if a man can do the job of a woman, then equal pay for that job is in order.

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Jan-30-13 9:36 PM

"If you are a young woman without children"- YOU HAVE A SHOT.....Speaks volumes. Just like married men live longer lives, married women live shorter lives---wonder why???

Well if I happen to be a 100 pound woman with a high school diploma and brains, tell me how to earn as much as a coal miner does and get the benefits the coal miner gets?

Please name me one job that does not involve removing clothing?

Thank you

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Jan-30-13 7:18 PM

Sept 7, 2010, at 1:27 PM ET

Are young women really outearning young men? The news last week was that if you're a young woman without children, you have a shot at making more money than your boyfriend.

"Young, single, childless women out-earn male counterparts," says USA Today; "Workplace Salaries: At Last, Women on Top" says Time.


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Jan-30-13 6:54 PM

Most Women do not have the physical ability to do HIGH STEEL, heavy outdoor gas lines, etc. that pay the big bucks.

Also women often do not have the seniority of men in white collar jobs because they take off time to give birth and raise children.

Otherwise they seem to be paid equally for white collars jobs compared with equal education and seniority.

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Jan-30-13 4:06 PM

... Oh, and one more thing... as we all found out in the last election cycle, women do vote, so I certainly expect the fair treatment that we all deserve.

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Jan-30-13 4:02 PM

This situation is outrageous and intolerable! It is illegal these days, or haven't they heard? They are about to hear that women are at least as worthy of equal pay to "men".

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Jan-30-13 2:23 PM

You can not lump ALL female and male saleries together. There are different skills, risks, and types of work. Nothing is all black or all white.

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Jan-30-13 12:43 PM

This is a poorly written article!

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act deals with the issue of EQUAL PAY for EQUAL WORK.

The article goes on to cite census data with regards to the "annual median salary" for men and women in WV and OH to help bolster the writer's claim of continued disparity of pay. PERHAPS A DISPARITY IN "ANNUAL MEDIAN SALARY" EXIST BECAUSE THESE MEN ARE PERFORMING JOBS THAT PAY MORE DUE TO RISK OR A CERTAIN SKILL SET THAT WOMEN DO NOT WISH TO PURSUE, or for some other reason NOT due to discriminatory practices.

The articles writer is comparing apples to oranges.

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Jan-30-13 8:52 AM

Right to work!

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Jan-30-13 7:45 AM

they make the same where i work otherwise they'd be filing lawsuits.

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Jan-30-13 7:29 AM

This new law was no secret when it was passed.ENFORCE THE LAW! Any company found to cheating women on their pay and compensation needs to pay a hefty fine, CEO's need JAIL time, and anyone who knows that a company is stealing from a woman's paycheck and fails to report it to the authorities should do jail time also. If women can now be sent into combat zones then they deserve the same pay that men earn. Jail time is the only answer!!!!

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Jan-30-13 2:28 AM

This is so true and needs to change. The inequality is unacceptable in this day and age. Good for her for filing suit, and glad she is in a place that she can earn the same wage as men. Women need to fight for these inequities in many aspects besides pay.

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