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Reader's view: Equal pay for equal work isn’t something for nothing

I was astounded by the ignorance displayed in the April 22 letter, “There are valid reasons for gender pay inequity.” It stated that if such a thing was reality, women would earn more for the same job than a man. “Women would get something for nothing,” the letter read.

While that might be something to be celebrated by women, what we want is equal pay for equal work. That means that if a man and a woman do the same job they should be paid the same. Those willing to do dirty, dangerous jobs should be paid more than those doing less hazardous jobs. If two people do the same job, they should get paid the same. Trying to say this is wrong is the equivalent of saying that black Americans should get paid less than white American for doing the same job, which is clearly racist. But some people think that would be right, too. Sexism is as wrong as racism.

I bet the letter-writer would be angry if he learned a woman doing the exact same work as he was doing earned more than he did.

I, for one, am very grateful I am a state employee and, by law, get paid the same as my male colleagues who do the same job.

Kathy Grosh