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Tuesday is Equal Pay Day. It marks how far into the year a woman must work to earn as much as a man earned in the previous year. The day is an unhappy marker of how far we have to go before we close the gender wage gap. This gap hasn’t budged in nearly a decade, leaving women and their families to suffer the effects of lost wages.
Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, which requires employers to give women and men equal pay for equal work. At that time women were paid 59¢ for every dollar men were paid. Today that figure is 77¢. Although we’ve made significant strides since 1963, pay parity continues to elude us.
The Paycheck Fairness Act has the potential to close loopholes that have kept the Equal Pay Act of 1963 from fully advancing pay equity. It would require employers to show that pay disparity is truly related to job performance and requirements, not gender. It would also strengthen remedies for pay discrimination. First introduced in 2009, the bill was reintroduced this past January in both chambers of Congress (S. 84 & H.R. 377). Passing this act is one of AAUW’s top priorities for the 113th Congress. We urge all community members to ask our Congressional delegation to support this important legislation.
Judy Prono & Natalie Markin
Co-Facilitators, AAUW-Los Alamos Branch
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research
On N.M. 502
After six years of County-caused delay, the state will now begin to redo N.M. 502, if only for the segment from Knecht Street to Canyon Road.
I am sure the experienced state designers will produce a fine working design from the conceptual one. It was appropriate that NMDOT’s press release, which indicated that the county council’s desired roundabout at Central be included, should be made on April Fool’s Day — a day of jokes.
Joel M Williams
Media has loose lips
On March 27, the ABC Nightly News broadcast information concerning the new head of the CIA clandestine unit.
ABC gave the gender of the person, age range and a city where the person served overseas. Although this information can be acquired by foreign intelligence agencies, we should not be helping them identify our intelligence personnel.
During World War II we safeguarded information, which could have benefited the enemy and jeopardized the well-being of our military and civilian government personnel. We operated on a “need to know basis.” A phrase describing the secretiveness of information was “loose lips sink ships.”
Since World War II the media has had increasing access to our military planning and operations in the cause of transparency and in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, and government agencies have been too willing to provide information to reporters and others. The media does not seem able or inclined to refrain from disclosing sensitive information, which could hurt this country. It seems all they care about is the “scoop.”
Our federal government agencies and the media have to do a better job of not disclosing information, which could place people and operations in harm’s way.
Donald A. Moskowitz