Library Journal Review of Getting Even


MURPHY, EVELYN WITH E.J. GRAFF. Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men & What To Do About It.
Touchstone: S. & S. Oct. 2005. c.368p. index.
ISBN 0-7432-5466-X. $24. BUS

"President of the Women Are Getting Even (WAGE) Project and former lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, Murphy joins with journalist Graff (What Is Marriage For?: The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution) to write a well-researched and motivating volume on the persistent gender-based wage gap in America today. This informative book serves as a call-to-arms for anyone who cares about gender equality, particularly its financial costs. The book is divided into three parts, first explaining the wage gap; then documenting recent instances of the wage gap (which is present at every level of employment), using legal and anecdotal evidence; and then offering suggestions for closing the gap on the personal, local, and national levels. Murphy and Graff have clearly done their homework; the book is chock-full of legal statistics, financial computations, and heart-wrenching stories. The writing itself is infused with a passion to motivate awareness and change. Readers will likely feel righteous anger about the fate of working women after reading this masterly work. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries."
-Erica L. Foley, Flint P.L. MI