Letters to the Editor

Pay gap should be next for #MeToo

A Jan. 20 rally in downtown Lexington marked the first anniversary of the women’s march.
A Jan. 20 rally in downtown Lexington marked the first anniversary of the women’s march.

The #MeToo movement’s changes will fall short unless it addresses another major wrong. A contributing condition underlying sexual harassment is the sexism mindset created by the gender pay gap.

Changing the culture for harassment also requires changing the culture behind the pay gap, which reasons that women must be inferior to men because they are paid less, or we can pay them less because they are inferior. Either scenario as a justification for harassment and pay discrimination must also be abolished.

Pay considerations must never be predicated on gender, but only on the job. The corporate argument that equal pay for women will adversely affect corporate profits must be rejected, since all wages impact profits and especially since women now comprise a majority of this country.

Corporations must abandon the excuse that equal pay for women will negatively impact their profits as a justification for paying women less or be prepared to face the fury of a #MeToo boycott.

There is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come. The time for the realization of equal pay for women is past due.

James F. Wisniewski

Lexington

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