Equal Pay Day

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- We have all heard of “the glass ceiling,” a phrase used to describe a limit on a person's earning potential. Many say this is especially true for women. Stephanie Brletic reports on how some people are trying to level the playing field.

Whether or not people acknowledge or believe in the glass ceiling, economists say it is true that women do make less than men, earning just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.

Some experts say there are several reasons why women make less money. One suggestion is that women often take breaks from their career to care for families. Another is that women simply accept the fact that they will make less than men, so they do not try to negotiate or increase their salary.

“Be aware that there is such a problem and to really advocate for yourself that you are just as productive as a man and demand an appropriate level of pay based on that,” Austin College economics professor Dr. Melanie Fox Kean says.

The Sherman City Council is making a proclamation at Monday night's meeting, declaring Tuesday, April 22, to be Equal Pay Day at the request of the Business and Professional Women Organization to raise awareness of the problem.

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  • by here Location: gone on Apr 25, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    I missed my extra pay
  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Apr 24, 2008 at 05:04 PM
    I have never worked at a place where the men made more that the women..This is an idea the feminist came up with in the early 70's, and it is still going around because stupid people believe it.If this is happening to you (ladies) call the Attorney General.This is a stupid statement and topic.This sounds like something Austin College would come up with(Liberal Arts) my a##.
  • by here Location: gone on Apr 24, 2008 at 01:28 PM
    Hell i am one person in the office he gets all the big checks and i get my little weekly check and I do all the work answer phone, fax, copy and even walk the damn dog I guessed I missed the extra payday somewhere along the line.
  • by the truth on Apr 24, 2008 at 12:10 PM
    Woman are payed better than men. They get married. Then divorced. Take half. Then get monthly payments for not doing a !@#$# thing. Lisanne is a hottie.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Apr 24, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    Oh lord, let's not get the women folk stirred up! LOL.
  • by Sean Location: Sherman on Apr 23, 2008 at 02:54 PM
    I'm sure that there are instances where a woman is not being treated fairly in the workplace, but lets really look at this. Men are consistently treated unfairly in other areas...divorce, child custody, etc. Large corporations will hire a woman over a man for diversity reasons. It all evens out ladies.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    I don't see what the big deal is. Everyone in my office makes the same unless you count the ones that have been here longer. I thought this went away in the 80's?
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Apr 23, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    Old story, I agree. Personally, I have no problem with equal pay- regardless of gender, race, or whatever. If the person can do it, pay him or her. If not, fire 'em. How simple is that? And as for taking off for childbirth, hey, remember, guys and gals, we ALL had a woman who gave birth to us (except for anonymous, who was the bad result of too many chili dogs). Yep, I'm a guy, and I have no problems with equal pay for men and women. And I DON'T mean lower pay, either.
  • by Cleta Location: VV on Apr 23, 2008 at 07:21 AM
    When men wear make up..pantyhose..high heels and give birth to a watermelon..then it will be equal.
  • by Boo Location: Sherman on Apr 23, 2008 at 06:21 AM
    This story dates to the 70's. Oprah makes more than most men. New news please...
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