The current GD thread on the Equal Rights Amendment – – reminded me that the feminist movement of the 1970s seems to have one most of its main goals, such as abortion rights and generally opening up all career paths to women. There’s still the “old boys’ network” and the “glass ceiling,” but I bet most women wish they were successful enough to have to worry about such things. Women can now do almost anything except military service in a combat capacity. But one thing they haven’t won is equal pay. At least, according to the National Organization for Women (http://www.now.org/issues/economic/factsheet.html):
But what I don’t hear them saying here is that women are being paid less than men for the same kind of work in the same kind of jobs. Rather, they seem to be complaining that women predominate in lower-paying job categories and that they suffer financially as a result. But that could be a result of cultural traditions – e.g., more women than men are still drawn to the profession of nursing, and nurses earn less than doctors. When I went to law school the campus also had a social work school – and almost all the students were female, and I don’t think they went into it for the money. What can the law do about that? Anything?