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The claim that American women
as a group face systemic wage discrimination is groundless.

Today is Equal Pay Day. Feminist groups and political leaders have set aside this day to protest the fact that women’s wages are, on average, 78
percent of men’s wages. “This date symbolizes how far into 2010 women must work to earn what men
earned in 2009,”says the National Committee on Pay Equity. The American
Association of University Women
(AAUW) has enlisted supporters to wear red “to represent the way the pay gap puts women ‘in the red.’” There will be
rallies, speak outs, mass mailings of equity e-cards, and even bake
sales featuring cookies with a “bite” taken out to represent women’s losses to men. The National
Organization for Women (NOW) suggests women gather together at local bars
forUn-happy Hours
where they can share their dissatisfactions. “See if a local bar, club,
or restaurant (try the women-owned
ones first!) will give you drink specials [where] women pay 78% of their tabs and men pay 100%.”

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