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Why The Gender Pay Gap Is As Real As Ever



A new analysis of U.S. Census data shows that, despite Massachusetts’s progressive reputation, the pay disparity between men and women is actually worse in the Commonwealth than in most other states. We’ll examine some of the reasons.


Victoria Budson, executive director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and chair of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women
Evelyn Murphy, president of The WAGE Project, author of “Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men, And What to Do About It” and former Mass. lieutenant governor


Report: The Simple Truth About The Gender Pay Gap
Boston Globe: Mass. Lags On Pay For Women In The US
The Atlantic: The Ambition Myth: Debunking A Common Excuse For The Gender Wage Gap

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    The links you offer to the AAUW site don’t work. Please update them–this is very important information! Thanks.

  • Cynthia Gallo-Casey

    Nearly 4 years ago, I was fired from the MBTA after nearly 23 years of a steller career. My mistake, complaining about my salary that was no where near comparable to my male counterparts, advocating for the women who worked for me who were not earning pay equal to their male counterparts, and filing a complaint at the MCAD. At 55 years of age, I was abruptly terminated, lost my pension and health care. My professional reputation was ruined and I could not get a job in my field. I was/am the “head of household” for my family. We could not afford COBRA insurance and without help from family could have lost our home. Unfortunately, our daughter’s college fund has been used to pay bills. I am fighting the termination, but its a long road… The MBTA continued to be at the center of Civil Rights issues. They were again found non compliant with Federal requirements regarding utilization of women and other minority groups by the Federal Transit Administration. How can we expect the private sector to take pay equity seriously when the Federal, State, and local government does not?

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