When I was first starting out as a young journalist, I believed there was no question that I would get paid the same salary as men doing the same job. After all, we’d come a long way, right? Women were not just “weather girls” anymore; we were becoming investigative journalists and sports anchors and producers. I thought my NOW button that proclaimed “59 cents” was a quaint relic of the past.
I learned the hard way that I wasn’t getting paid anywhere near what those newsroom guys were making. Hey, I was single and some of those men had families to support, said the news directors who thought they were justified in paying lower wages to us “girls.”
How am I feeling about Equal Pay Day this year? You can read the rest at iVillage iVote, where I’m 2012 Election Editor this campaign season!
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