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Activists Rally For Equal Pay For Women At Capitol

DENVER (CBS4) – More than 100 people lined the state Capitol steps to call for equal pay for women on Tuesday.

Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the year a woman must work to earn as much as a man.

The activists dressed in red to make the point that pay for women and minorities is still “in the red.” They say women’s wages still lag 24 percent behind those of men.

The activists are asking Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure everyone gets equal pay for an equal day’s work.

  • Jeff Wilson

    Might as well have a rally to have have equal unemployment rate for men and women. This is not a government issue, so why are they at the capital steps?

  • jim

    the unions in the USA have been fighting for this for 30+ years in some barganed for jobs this is a reality. Yet unions have a bad rep we might need to see what other nations have in relation to what the comfort of the american woman has???? Muslin??? who has it better then the USA woman. I think it should be better OOO well

  • LB

    Jim, that doesn’t mean it’s good enough just because it’s better than a “muslin” woman, whatever that is. Who has it better than the USA women? Lots of other countries treat us better, so maybe you could do some comparison on them, too.

    @Jeff: What a great idea! Then maybe the work force would not be dominated by men anymore, since unemployment rates are higher among women and they are not being hired back as quickly as the men.

  • jb80538

    I guess I’m ok with equal pay for equal work. If that ends up being how things are then we should have the same physical requirements for men and women when it comes to military, law enforcement and firefighters. Do not lower the standards, just require the same for all!

  • mangobay

    This is really a non-issue. In any business, labor costs are the biggest part of running a business. If it were true that an equally qualified woman could be hired for 24% less than an equally qualified man, then I would have all women working for me. It’s the smart thing to do. What isn’t addressed is that many women take time off from their careers to raise kids so when they re-enter the work force, they don’t have the same work experience as a man. The key phrase here is “equally qualified”.

  • mangobay

    Here’s an article that’s a good counterpoint to the fallacy of unequal pay:
    “There Is No Male-Female Wage Gap:
    A study of single, childless urban workers between the ages of 22 and 30 found that women earned 8% more than men.”

  • BW

    I’m sure its just me but there are so many people whining about something, its really hard to care.

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