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The "Lilly Ledbetter" Lie

Richard31 Wrote: Oct 30, 2012 2:57 PM
"Equal pay for equal work" is an impossible notion to start with. Even more so when "equal" is State defined. I used to work next to a woman who did the same "work" - business software development. Same age within a couple of months, same time at the company, again within a couple months. I have a degree, she does not. Yet - she was paid significantly more than I was (absolute fact, I supported the payroll system). Yet - she was not laid off in the same round as I was (was never laid off, in fact).
Richard31 Wrote: Oct 30, 2012 3:00 PM

SHE WAS AND IS MORE VALUABLE TO THE COMPANY. An expert in manufacturing scheduling software - the company is a manufacturer. I am a business application and Internet developer - which were not needed nearly as much as her expertise in surviving the recession.

In his desperate focus on female voters, President Obama not only cites an imaginary GOP “War on Women” but trumpets his own epic achievements—including the “Lilly Ledbetter Law” which supposedly guaranteed that women receive equal pay for equal work. The problem with this narrative is that this guarantee actually became law with President Kennedy’s Equal Pay Act in 1963.

The Ledbetter Law merely expands the time to file lawsuits, helping attorneys more than women workers. Experts agree that remaining disparities with men have more to do with female priorities than outright discrimination—for instance, women are more likely to take breaks for...