Fair Pay: Good for Generals and the general public

Woman posed with stack of packages of $1 silver certificates at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, D.C.

I wrote an Op-Ed published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Sunday, June 29, 2008 :

For the first time in the two-hundred thirty-three year history of the Army a woman will wear 4-star rank. Today, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates nominated, New York native, Army Lt. Gen. Ann Dunwoody for her forth star. She stands to make $189,205 a year in base pay—the same salary as General David Petraeus and the other eleven men who serve as full generals. Equal pay for equal work—what a concept! Meanwhile, a pay gap still exists in the government and private sector for women in science-related professions. It is time for congress to follow the DoD example and make wages equal for everyone by passing Fair Pay legislation…

…“Forty five years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963, women are still being denied equal pay for equal work,” said Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center. “It is long since time that Congress acted to ensure that the promise of the laws barring sex discrimination in employment can become a reality.”

As General Ann Dunwoody leads armed troops to protect America from our enemies; it’s time all Senators raise their arms and vote Yea for the Fair Pay Act to protect American workers.

Read the full Op-Ed  here.


2 Responses to Fair Pay: Good for Generals and the general public

  1. Patty says:

    Excellent Op-Ed!! We can only hope that if a few more seats are picked up in the House and Senate by Democrats (and of course with a President Obama) not only will the Fair Pay Act be passed, but many other important initiatives as well!

  2. Amelia says:

    We already tried this. It was called the Equal Rights Amendment. :/


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