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How Would You Eliminate the Pay Gap for Women?

Pay for women in Boston is better than the rest of New England, but it's still not on par with what men make for the same jobs. Should we pass laws to attack the problem, or is there another solution?

The pay gap between men and women—the difference in pay for the same jobs—was front and center in this week's presidential debate. The exchange over equal pay led to the second debate's most memorable quip about "binders full of women." That statement became an instant Internet meme.

Slate, meanwhile, has published an interactive map showing how each state and county does with wage inequality. In New England, Suffolk County (Booston and a few surrounding cities) does best. On average, women here are paid 83 cents for every dollar a man earns for the same job.

Worst in New England? Coastal New Hampshire's Rockingham County, where women average 59 cents for every dollar a man in a similar role would earn.

After decades of debate, the needle's barely budged on pay inequality. What can be done? Should the government step in and legislate pay equality? Or should there be more societal pressure on companies? Tell us your ideas in the comments section below.

M C Stringfellow October 22, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Bindersfull, Miss Miller and Waterinfo are correct. This is not the place for a bible study. However your credibility as a learned man of the bible is faulty. The passacge that you refer to is not in Mark. It is in "1 Peter 3: first paragraph. or Colossians 3:18-21. Better read that bible again.
x October 22, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Poor bindersfull appears possessed by Satan, and beyond our help. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Armando October 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Julie, don't feed the troll. It wants you to respond to it.
M C Stringfellow October 22, 2012 at 10:34 PM
My place.......... God deliver me from people like you. My place is to be the best human being I can possible be. Believe in God and help the less fortunate. WHAT AM I Doing. I have allowed my self to be baited by a person who cannot see the forest for the trees. Do unto others. I do not know who did unto you, but they will not be doing unto me.
x October 23, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Bindersfull is in fact Tammy Faye Bakker... back with us from beyond the mortal coil, and offering her wisdom on women's compensation. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III

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