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Getting Paid

In your June 2003 issue, you reported an often distorted figure on the "It Figures" page. In the section "Woman's Work," you stated that "76 cents is the amount a woman working full time earns for every $1 her male counterpart earns."

While I am a Democrat and feminist supporter, I urge a closer look at this figure, as do many sociologists and economists. June O'Neill, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, found that among people ages 27 to 33 who have never had a child, women's earnings approach 98 percent of men's. Additionally, Columbia University's Jane Waldfogel found that the wage gap between mothers and nonmothers was greater than that between men and women at age 30.

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