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Letter: Equality is an ongoing battle

This week we celebrated Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment that secured women’s right to vote.

What better time to talk about the stakes for New Hampshire women and their families this upcoming November than now, because elections mean choices, and it’s crucial for New Hampshire women to know the stakes so that we don’t cede the progress being made. For example, New Hampshire Democrats worked to pass Paycheck Fairness Act legislation in New Hampshire to promote equal pay for women and implemented Medicaid Expansion to provide health coverage for nearly 50,000 working Granite Staters.

As we continue working toward progress for women and families, we need to bring that same mentality for the upcoming November election by turning out our friends, families and neighbors. We cannot sit on the sidelines as many did for the 2010 mid-term election.

Our right to vote was only achieved by extraordinary efforts – and we must not waste that.

JUDY WALLICK

Grafton

(The writer is a candidate for the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Grafton County District 9, representing Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Alexandria and Grafton.)

Legacy Comments3

Every year we hear how politicians are "fighting for women", "fighting for families", I envision a politician with boxing gloves on battling some undefined entity that is constantly working against families and women. The Paycheck Fairness Act means nothing as the statistics showing inequity are based on several criteria and not just some nefarious effort by companies to pay women less because of their gender. The straw man created by Democrats allows them the opportunity to employ hyperbolic rhetoric instead of having reasoned debate on the issues. As far as the Medicare argument is concerned, Democrats and progressives are unable to understand that economic policies that would provide a robust economy, jobs which would allow people to cover their own health care rather than have government coddle them. "Progress" is not always 'progress', often it is simplistic, over emotional response to perceived inequities. Let's not confuse that with common sense governance.

"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. The democrats REAL WAR on Women is here... "Analysis: Men still make a lot more than women in Obama’s White House" "357,000 Fewer Women Held Jobs in October; Female Participation Rate Hits New Low" . That is the REAL democrats record. How can anyone vote for a democrat that does not tell you the truth?

The WAR on Women rhetoric is foist upon the citizens by democrats on a daily basis. They shamelessly make perpetual victims of groups. There is not one group better off today then when the democrats branded them as victims. The Lilly Ledbetter act was passed in 2008. How did that work out for ya? There are Millions of less women working today than when democrats took power. The real war on women is perpetuated by democrats.

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