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Also, regarding money "lost" -- this money isn't lost, it's simply going somewhere else. If you adjusted the pay gap you're not suddenly creating more money, you're moving it from somewhere else: lowering male salaries, reducing profits, cutting spending on growth, etc. Saying that we'll "strengthen the state economy" simply by eliminating the pay gap is a pretty huge stretch.
The pay gap is bad and should be fixed, but I think the arguments presented here are hinky.
I would love it if the people who regurgitate this 77 or 82 cents to ever dollar "fact" would have specifics. Like, who are these companies and why are they paying their male/female employees differently? Let's weed these companies out! That is, if they even exist...
The gender pay gap argument is to liberals what the illegal immigrant argument is the right-wing nut bags... they never look at the actual perceived problem; they merely want to be victims.
*I imagine this comment won't be posted or if so, will eventually be deleted. The "new" Mercury does not like a difference of opinion.