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Comparable Worth
due April 4

Answer all the following questions; when referring to the readings, cite properly, including page numbers and a full citation at the end of the assignment.

  1. What is “comparable worth”? How does it differ from the concept of “equal pay for equal work”? What kind of employment situation is it intended to rectify (in the course of answering this question, include one specific example from the readings)? What is the legal status of comparable worth in comparison with equal pay for equal work?
  2. What are the pros and cons of comparable worth as a strategy for promoting equality for women in the area of employment? Drawing upon the readings and discussion for this unit, explain what you see as the two most meaningful arguments in favor of this strategy and the two most meaningful arguments against it. Then describe your personal reaction to this strategy. Do you think it would be appropriate and effective to legally enforce comparable worth? Why or why not?
Daniel McCarthy <>
Barbara F. McManus <>
HON303/WMS303 Topics and Assignments II
March 2000