Letter: The facts he ignored
Another day, another dollar. Although it’s more accurate to say, “Another day, another lawmaker saying something silly about women.”
That’s exactly how state Rep. Will Infantine sounded last week – silly – when he talked about the gender wage gap and why women make less.
Apparently women don’t work hard enough, that’s why we’re paid less than men. Yes, he really said that. I’m going to ignore (for now) Infantine’s insult to the hard-working women of New Hampshire and look at the facts he ignored.
For example, in more than 100 job categories tracked by the Department of Labor, men make more than women in all but three categories – and the wage gap starts early. Research by the American Association of University Women found that even one year out of college, working in the same occupation with the same major, female graduates earned 7 percent less than their male counterparts.
The wage gap is real, and it impacts the lives of New Hampshire women and their families.
I hope Infantine learns from his unfortunate comments.
Somehow, I suspect he won’t want to repeat them to a room full of angry women and their families, squeezing in time between all their other commitments to tell him how wrong he is.
Women work just as hard for their money as men, and all they want is to be paid equally to men. I don’t think equality is too much to ask for, do you?