Comparable Worth Readings
- Mary E. Becker. "Barriers Facing Women in the Wage-Labor Market and
the Need for Additional Remedies: A Reply to Fischel and Lazear."
- Deborah Walker, "Value and Opportunity: The
Issue of Comparable Pay for Comparable Worth" (an on-line article
written by a Research Fellow at George Mason University for the Cato
Institute's Policy Analysis series)
- Julianne Malveaux. "Comparable Worth and Its Impact on Black
Women." Weisberg, 683-696.
- Richard A. Posner. "Conservative Feminism." Feminist Legal
Theory: Foundations. Ed. D. Kelly Weisberg. Temple University Press, 1993.
Written Assignment (due March 26): Answer all parts of the
following two questions fully; when referring to the readings, cite properly,
including page numbers.
- 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
- 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?
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