TERRE HAUTE —
Equal pay for women still a distant goal
This year’s Pay Equity Day is one day after Tax Day, on Tuesday, April 17. On that day the average woman will have FINALLY caught up to what the average man made from January through December 2011, only it took her four months longer.
The national average is now 77 cents on the dollar. Just to make it interesting, Hoosier women are almost at the bottom of the pay equity scale, at 72 cents on the dollar (2010 Census), and guess what, that’s down 1 cent from 2009. That one cent has moved Indiana from a 44th to 47th standing. The only states doing worse are Utah, Louisiana and Wyoming.
The 2009 Shriver Report (“A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything”) continues to have an impact on people’s awareness of the overall problem, but how does this translate down to local levels? The wage gap costs working women and their families tens of thousands of dollars in lost wages and directly affects women’s retirement security. Oh, and let’s not forget to factor in ethnicity: white and Asian women earn, respectively, 82 percent and 88 percent of white men’s earnings. African-American and Hispanic women earn much less — just 70 percent and 61 percent of what white men earn, on average.
American Association of University Women Executive Director Linda D. Hallman recently stated, “Equal Pay Day ... is an unfortunate reminder of how far we have to go to reach true pay equality. The wage gap hasn’t moved significantly in nearly a decade, and at this rate, we’ll be marking Equal Pay Day for the next 60 years.” AAUW has had pay equity as one of its public policy issues since 1922, so we know what we’re talking about!
Read The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap on the AAUW web site at http://www.aauw.org/learn/research/upload/simpletruthaboutpaygap1.pdf and then tell Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. This will update the 48-year old Equal Pay Act and work to close the wage gap by improving enforcement, closing loopholes and strengthening remedies for mistreated workers.
It is especially crucial to challenge Congress to deal with this, since the disappointing Supreme Court ruling in the Wal-Mart v. Dukes class action sex-discrimination case last June, another narrow, 5-4 decision that now makes it harder for women and other workers to systemically challenge unequal treatment in the workplace. AAUW believes that equal pay for equal work is a simple matter of justice for women.
— Marsha Miller,
Member, AAUW of
the Wabash Valley
Can’t fashion law on clothing
Mr. Shepherd’s recent opinion piece suggested that the use of any communication device by a vehicle operator should be prohibited by law. I agree! For the safety of all, this is a reasonable suggestion.
However, Mr. Shepherd further asserted his belief that a law should be created that forbids the wearing of specific clothing by young males. WOW! Despite the “implied bigotry” and intrusion into personal choice, this isolated piece of illogic is embarrassing and offensive on many levels. If Mr. Shepherd thinks that seeing denim, a flannel pattern and a shirt on a person is obscene (with no exposed skin or external body parts), how must he emotionally respond to piercings, tattoos, hair colors and styles, or other adornments that he does not choose for himself?
Freedom of speech is a legal right; but freedom to think is a choice.
I dislike calf’s liver, but I do not suggest it should be banned. I enjoy good lasagna, but do not believe a law should be enacted requiring its consumption. A smoking ban in public buildings is motivated by the need “to promote the general welfare” of all people, by eliminating unhealthful air in specific situations. That is reasonable.
But banning a clothing style based on one’s stereotypes or prejudices or fears is sadly misguided.
— Jim Camp
‘Theory’ doesn’t mean ‘unproven’
I feel I need to reply to Mr. Follett’s letter of April 9, 2012. In that letter he says that evolution is unproven because it is called a theory rather than a law.
Mr. Follett should know that scientists use the terms “law” and “theory” interchangeably.
Let me give him just one example. In 1687, Newton published his explanation of how gravity works. We now call his work “Newton’s Law of Gravity.” But, in 1916, Einstein published an improved explanation of gravity which is called the “Theory of General Relativity.” General Relativity made Newton’s Law obsolete.
If you think that the Theory of General Relativity is unproven, then you should throw away your GPS. It won’t work unless General Relativity is taken into account.
— Richard Ditteon, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering
Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech.
TERRE HAUTE —
Equal pay for women still a distant goal
READERS' FORUM: May 17, 2013
Hinduism doesn’t deserve ridicule — Shefali Purohit, Terre Haute
Readers' Forum: May 16, 2013
Moving Deming folks sounds ‘nuts’
Readers' Forum: May 15, 2013
Participants rise to the challenge: I would like to write a letter congratulating all the Wabash Valley Roadrunners that competed in the One America Indianapolis Mini Marathon.
READERS' FORUM: May 14, 2013
ISTEP failure exposes flaws
Community hasn’t changed its spirit
Egregious threat to nation’s defense
READERS' FORUM: May 13, 2013
• Women’s group criticizes Bucshon
• Let’s hope this doesn’t come true
• Many get thanks for fest success
READERS' FORUM: May 12, 2013
Vigo Youth Football, entering 45th year, seeks new support
Media ignoring important case on abortions
Proud to be old-fashioned
Guns in school? What’s next?
Promoting hate not a ‘brave’ act
FLASHPOINT: Again in 2013 General Assembly, middle class generally ignored
Last year, the people of Indiana entrusted the Republican Party with some of their most precious possessions.
Readers’ Forum: May 11, 2013
I just wanted to express my disappointment at the lack of response shown by President Obama after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Readers' Forum: May 10, 2013
CANDLES event plants new seed: On April 26, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center hosted an event called “Sowing Seeds of Peace: A Celebration of Spring” at the Apple House. Our purpose was to introduce people to our concept of forgiveness as a seed for peace.
READERS’ FORUM: May 6, 2013
• Money drives our newfound ‘needs’
• Guns not the only dangerous objects
Readers’ Forum; May 5, 2013
Thankful for Pyle museum: I was happy to see the announcement of the Ernie Pyle Museum’s summer season opening, and I was reminded of how fortunate we all are to have such a museum close by.
FLASHPOINT: Lessons from the legacy media — get it right, first
Enough mistakes and maybe we’ll learn: When in doubt, leave it out.
FLASHPOINT: Hoosiers got steady hand in recent session
As the General Assembly began its work last November, as Speaker of the House, I pledged a renewed spirit of bipartisanship with legislators working together to solve our state’s most pressing challenges. As this year’s legislative session concludes, representatives from throughout the state — Republican and Democrat — have joined together to address those issues at the forefront of Hoosier minds: maintaining our state’s fiscal integrity, spurring job creation and expanding education opportunities for every Hoosier family.
READERS' FORUM: May 3, 2013
Deep gratitude during tragic time
READERS’ FORUM: May 2, 2013
• Terre Haute takes care of their own
• Postal contract causes concern
• Food price rise not appreciated
READERS' FORUM: May 1, 2013
Great support for Clay Habitat
READERS’ FORUM: April 30, 2013
• Gujarat attack was provoked
• Proud honor for THN student
READERS’ FORUM: April 29, 2013
• Avoid language of extremism
Readers' Forum: April 28, 2013
Another debacle for landowners: The integrity of our city and county officials continues to erode with an Issue that has come up on the east side of the city behind the Sycamore Terrace apartments.
FLASHPOINT: Time has arrived for overhaul of TV news
Former FCC Chairman Alfred Sikes gave an address in 1992 in which he claimed television news was too superficial and too focused on visuals.
Readers’ Forum: April 25, 2013
• Common Core: A simple choice
• Club again launches St. Ann’s fundraiser
READERS’ FORUM: April 24, 2013
• Good service was noticed
READERS’ FORUM: April 23, 2013
• Another great season at THN
• We’ve discarded our own privacy
READERS’ FORUM: April 22, 2013
Chickens should not be banned from residences
A challenge to Islamist dogma
FLASHPOINT: Fiscal cliff, Obamacare have already raised taxes enough
Our history is rich with stories of people who have immigrated to the United States for a chance at the American Dream. The American Dream, in its truest form, is the opportunity to achieve success by working hard and playing by the rules; to make it on your own and to say, “I earned this.”
Readers’ Forum: April 21, 2013
Vouchers need continued support: Indiana’s school voucher program is working and we hope area legislators will continue to support improvements to this important initiative. Here’s why.
READERS’ FORUM: April 20, 2013
• Harrop column lacked research, requires response
• Perplexed by gas price fluctuations
Readers' Forum: April 19, 2013
Why won’t our pols talk to us?
Readers’ Forum: April 18, 2013
Caregivers do very good job: In response to a letter from Sam Wallace: Recently, I’ve been introduced to the cancer treatment center of Terre Haute, Hux Center, and have noted only good things about the personnel.
Readers’ Forum: April 17, 2013
Time to expand state’s Medicaid: Thank you for your very timely recent coverage of Medicaid expansion.
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