Close the wage gap

 

Gender pay gap is no longer simply a women’s issue; it’s a family issue.

Consider the millions of single moms, the sole bread winners, who take care of their children’s needs, especially their health and education.

Consider also the “two parent-two income” families struggling to make both ends meet.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Current Population Survey, Florida doesn’t have as wide a pay gap as in other states and is better than the national average of 77 cents at 84 cents for women in Florida. We can do better.

We can urge Florida legislators to pass the “Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act.”

The American Association of University Women has been in the forefront to attain pay equity for all women.

We can join its campaign to urge the Congress to pass the “Paycheck Fairness Act.”

We can encourage colleges and universities to offer the $tart $mart workshop presented by WAGE/AAUW to help their graduating seniors learn the skills to negotiate their starting salary and not settle for less than what they are worth.

Kamala Anandam, Weston

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