By Paul Schmitt
Last Saturday marked the 97th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Many still feel that women are losing ground in the fight for full equality including the gender gap in wages paid to women. Door County resident and former Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton says there has been progressing in equality for women, but obstacles still remain.
Lawton says women are punished for the reproductive role they play in society by employers using it as an excuse for lesser pay or considering it a liability. She says people need to get over the culture that devalues women’s contributions to society.
In Wisconsin, women are paid 78 cents for every dollar paid to men amounting to an annual wage gap of $10,712, according to the national partnership for women & families.