Publisher`s Weekly Reviews Getting Even


Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men--And What to Do about It
Murphy, Evelyn (Author)
Graff, E. J. (With)


ISBN: 074325466X
Touchstone Books
Published 2005-09
Hardcover, $24.95 (368p)
Business & Economics | Women & Business; Political Science | Labor &Industrial Relations - General; Social Science | Gender Studies


Reviewed 2005-08-01


More than 40 years after the Civil Rights Act prohibited gender bias in the workplace, women are still earning almost 25% less than comparably employed men. For Murphy, the reason why is obvious: persistent unintentional, and sometimes even intentional, discrimination. "Today'sconventional wisdom about what causes the gender wage gap ignores anything that happens behind employers' doors," Murphy, who has a doctorate in economics and is a former lieutenant governor of Minnesota, points out. Toopen those doors, she examined scores of recent lawsuits, which provided her with more than 200 pages worth of stories and statistics guaranteed to convince even the most satisfied working woman that on-the-job discrimination is "still with us, and it's not going away on its own." Murphy, with the help of Graff, a senior correspondent for the American Prospect , analyzes five types of discrimination--"blatant sex discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace sex segregation, everydaydiscrimination and discrimination against mothers"--and calculates that, over a lifetime, each working woman loses between $700,000 and $2 million because of them--that means less money for bills, homes, investments andretirement plans. As an antidote, the book's last third offers detailed case studies of MIT, Mitsubishi and the state of Minnesota, working sites that, under pressure, implemented large-scale changes to addressinequities. Murphy gives readers the tools and the inspiration they'll need to tackle individual discrimination issues without necessarily going to court, but her goal is obviously larger than that. As the president ofthe WAGE Project, she aims to rile the public at large into action so that the wage gap can be closed, for good, in the next 10 years. (Oct.)


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