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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2007
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Eagle Forum Opposes Resurrecting Comparable Worth
Washington, D.C. — Eagle Forum, a leading pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, strongly urges Congress to reject instituting the concept of "comparable worth," or "pay equity." This plan would set up a government wage-control apparatus to subjectively decide which wages are "comparable," and then, in the name of "equity," raise the wages of jobs held mostly by females and freeze the wages of jobs held mostly by men.
"The feminists invented the code words 'comparable worth' and 'pay equity,' decades ago," said Eagle Forum President and Founder Phyllis Schlafly. "They also invented the imaginary 'glass ceiling,' which many women have shattered, regardless, including the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice"
"The pay gap in America is not between men and women at all, but between married women and other women and men who spend their lifetimes in the workforce. The gap is not created by a conspiracy of male chauvinists, but by the voluntary division of domestic labor," said Schlafly. "Clearly, a degree in education or women's studies simply doesn't earn the same pay as a degree in engineering or science, yet more women persist in choosing the former and more men the latter." "The proper role of government is to provide equal opportunity for all, not preferential treatment for any one particular group," concluded Schlafly.
"Comparable worth is a warped social theory and it has been rejected by almost all U.S. legislatures and courts that have considered it for that very reason."