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Women make news

By: Ronak Ghorbani

For the past few years Amy-Willard Cross, a former editor at Chatelaine and columnist for Saturday Night magazine, has been running the website Women Make News. As the creator of the site, Amy wanted to create an op-ed page for women to discuss news. The site has a collective of different voices and features a range of different issues ranging from rape and war in the Congo to why parents need to talk about sex. One of the best things about the site is that readers can contribute.

Here’s an excerpt of their latest post on how existing employment laws fail to close the gender wage gap:

by Deborah L. Brake

Today more than ever, American women need and deserve strong legal protections from pay discrimination. We now have abundant evidence that the gender wage gap persists and is not on track to close any time soon. This gap exists at every level of earnings from teacher’s assistants where the female median salary is $15,000 or 75% of the male median of $20,000 to physicans, where the female median salary is $88,000, or 63% of the male median of $140,000.

As economists debate how much of the gender wage gap is explained by discrimination, one incontrovertible truth emerges: even when non sex-based factors are accounted for-factors such as age, education, years of work, hours worked, job tenure, occupation and jobs held-a substantial portion of the gender wage gap remains and is only explainable by sex. Read more

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