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Seventy Cents
By Rod Van Mechelen
Women get paid less than men, ranging around seventy cents for every dollar men are paid. If you focus on apples-to-oranges comparisons, that is.
Paid Less And They Expect to be Supported, too?
1995 Bellevue, WA -
'Seventy Cents?
Money is a common gripe among pop feminists. "Women's work is undervalued." "Women make only 71 cents on the male dollar." "Men control the purse strings." "It's a man's world."

An inconvenient fact is that, in the US, the unemployment rate for men has consistently averaged higher than for women. Another is that the majority of Human Resource personnel (people who make the hiring decisions) are women. And, let's not forget how many women choose to postpone their careers or give top priority to raising a family while expecting men to take up the slack.

We can hope for better days. We can work to sustain our technological, social and economic progress. And we can do all these things without a scapegoat. Wouldn't you agree?


Rod Van Mechelen

Rod Van Mechelen is the author of What Everyone Should Know about Feminist Issues: The Male-Positive Perspective (the page now includes several articles by other authors), and the publisher of The Backlash! @ and Cowlitz Country News. He is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and served for 9-1/2 years on the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Council.


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