Friday, October 19, 2012

Lily Was Here

Here's a little more information to follow up on yesterday's post (Raw Deal).

When Katherine Fenton asked Obama what he intended to do about "women making only 72% of what their male counterparts earn," the question was based on a false premise and a false statistic — one calculated by Diana Furchtgott-Roth, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, by comparing all male with all female workers, regardless of experience, productivity, number of hours put in or length of service.

When you factor these things in, Furchtgott-Roth says, women make about 95 cents to a man's dollar, which may explain why, since the Ledbetter Act was passed in January 2009, only 35 women have filed lawsuits under the new law.

So the Fair Pay Act is more for lawyers, maybe women lawyers, than women and the scientific community is united in that fact.


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