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Short changed?

I thought it was a bunch of malarkey, a radical feminist's made-up theory to secure more followers.

Even until recently, I've ignored the popular theory that the women's suffrage movement isn't over. Men still make more money than women for doing the same job, with the same qualifications. Well, at least that's what the so-called radicals say.

It wasn't until this week that this crazy thought hit close to home.

A good friend of mine with several college degrees, insurmountable talent and years of experience recently felt the downers of being a woman. She told me in confidence of her frustration with her employer, where she's worked for more than two years, who recently hired a college student as her co-worker. She found out that her male counterpart, doing the same job, was started out with a paycheck that was $2 an hour more than she currently makes, and he was given a raise after a short time with the company. She then stated that she was afraid to say anything, in fear she'd lose her job.

So, I did some digging.

Several national news sources, including CNN and Forbes, report that statistics from a 2010 survey confirm the suspicion that men are, in fact paid more money than women.

I don't think this is the case for every work situation and every career field. But the fact that even one case of this exists, kind of makes me sick to my stomach. Yes, where my friend lives tends to be a bit "old fashioned" still, but that's no excuse.

I'm very disappointed in this particular business, and anyone else who participates in this kind of discrimination. You'd think by 2013 we would have come further than we have.


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