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Letter: Important step for women

On Tuesday, Gov. Maggie Hassan signed into law SB 207, the Paycheck Fairness Act. I would like to thank the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Sylvia Larsen, for her commitment and effectiveness in helping to raise the level of economic security experienced by women and their families in New Hampshire.

According to the United States Census Bureau, New Hampshire women working full time, year-round earn 77 cents for every dollar paid to comparable male workers. That translates to the loss of $11,000 per year due to pay inequality.

This disparity in pay not only undermines women’s retirement security, it depresses the income of working families who rely on the wages of all members of the family to make ends meet.

Furthermore, this pay gap has remained the same for a decade: In 2012, as in 2002, women in New Hampshire were paid 77 percent of what men were paid. SB 207 closes the loopholes in the definition of equal pay and requires employers to show that wage differentials between men and women doing the same job stem from factors other than sex.

If discrimination is found to have occurred, the new law allows up to four years of back pay be awarded. New Hampshire citizens have been justly served by the passage of this legislation.

The time has come to finally close the wage gap and allow all workers, men and women, to reach their full economic potential.



Legacy Comments1

"Another contemporary economic myth is that women make 75 cents for every dollar men make because they’re discriminated against in labor markets. Like other myths, this does have a kernel of truth to it. So for example, if you add up all the incomes of women and divide by the number of women in the labor force and then do the same thing for men, what you’ll find is, on average, women do make about 75% of what men do." "What’s happening here is not discrimination in the labor market, but differences in the choices that men and women make (about investing in their knowledge, their education, their skills, and their job experiences) that lead to them getting paid different salaries." Women with same education, same time on job , working same position show no statistical significant difference in wages. "Economist June O'Neill, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, found after controlling for experience, education, and number of years on the job....that among young people who have never had a child, women's earnings approach 98 percent of men's.

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