Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor
'Where Women Stand': Progress for All
The series "Where Women Stand" (July 16 to 22) was excellent. The progress achieved in women's rights during the past 150 years should be acknowledged and appreciated by both men and women.
Equality between men and women should be perceived not as a threat but as an expression of liberation that benefits everyone. The comment by Christina Hoff Sommers in the article "The Changing Face of Feminism" (July 20) deserves to be repeated: "Men and women have to approach one another with respect and the spirit of friendship."
The other day you ran an article about the disparity in pay between women and men - "Another Day, Another 75 Cents" (July 17) in the women's rights series.
For many years I have been a firm believer in equal pay for equal responsibility. I am in complete agreement that the cleaning lady in your article should be paid the same as the cleaning men with comparable duties and responsibilities.
I object to your use of the meaningless graphs showing women's wages versus men's wages without regard to duties and responsibilities. There are many reasons why men are paid more than women when all kinds of dissimilar jobs are lumped together. Unfortunately, there seems to be a message here that women continue to be the victims of male discrimination and suppression.
A more effective presentation would deal with the considerable progress that women are making and their access to management.
Joe B. Clarke Jr
This comment is in reference to an error made in the "Landmarks for Women" (July 17) time line in the series "Where Women Stand." Under the year 1908, the time line reads, "US Supreme Court declares unconstitutional protective legislation for women workers." In that landmark 1908 case, Muller v. Oregon, the court found that, in fact, protective labor laws for women were constitutional. This was the first Supreme Court decision recognizing nonlegal factors or sociological jurisprudence. …