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Unequal Paychecks
  1. A report released last week by the National Partnership for Women & Families shows that American women working full-time earn on average 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. Who does the woman in the cartoon represent, and how does she seem to feel?
  2. The sign on her desk is a twist on the sign President Harry S. Truman kept on his Oval Office desk, which said, “The buck stops here!” What does the original slogan mean? What might the new version mean?
  3. What point do you think the cartoonist is trying to make about the issue?
  4. What factors might contribute to women earning lower wages, on average, than men?
  5. Congress is considering legislation to make it harder for employers to pay women less than men. Do you think such a law is a good idea? Why or why not?