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Women's
wages
catching up
to men'9s
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (UPI) -
Women are closing the gender gap in
the workplace and will experience a
dramatic upsurge in income over the
next 20 years, but by the year 2000 they
will still lag far behind their male
colleagues, the Rand Corp. predicted
, yesterday.
The report by the Southern California
think tank was immediately attacked
by a leading feminist for failing to con-
sider work performed in the home and
for "making a case to accept
discrimination."
THE STUDY said women's pay has
climbed from 60 percent of men's in
1980 to 64 percent of men's in 1983 - the
"largest and swiftest" gain of the cen-
tury. It predicted, however, that if
current trends continue -women will
earn only about 74 percent of men's in-
come by the year 2000.
Economists James Smith and
Michael Ward said the gains are due to
women's improving market skills, par-
ticularly those influenced by their
education and work experience, rather
than by affirmative action, legislation
and political pressure.
Spelling out employment policy
positions for the Bureau of National Af-
fairs, President Reagan and
Democratic challenger Walter Mondale
differed sharply on the question of co-
mparable worth - the theory which
holds that jobs of comparable value
should be compensated at a com-
parable rate of pay even if they involve
different tasks.
"I HAVE always believed that it is
unjust to limit any individual's chance
to fulfill his or her unique potential
based on such irrelevant prejudgments
as sex, race or national origin," Reag-
an said.
But asked if he supports the concept
of comparable worth, Reagan replied,
"as I suggested earlier, we support and
enforce the Equal Pay Act of 1963,
which prohibits sex discrimination in
the payment of equal wages for equal
work."
Mondale said, however, that the
Equal Pay Act has not ended - or even
narrowed - wide discrepancies in the
levels of pay given to men and women.
"The fight for equal pay has stalled .
because Ronald Reagan has
systematically opposed all efforts to
make pay equity a reality," Mondale
charged.

Ghoul Duel Associated Press
A costumed participant of the annual Boston Children's Hospital "Monster
Dash" pauses at the starting line Sunday. About 5,000 runners took part in
the three mile race which raised money for the hospital.

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 31, 1984 - Page 5
Women mock Reagan's policies
(Continued from Pagel1)
minute or two to watch or sing along, "Two and a half million women and Esteves said "it just depends on the
many students paid little attention and three million children have fallen below description of top positions. I don't
the crowd at its peak didn't exceed 40 the poverty line," shouted one woman. believe in what they said."
people. "One-third of female-headed LSA freshperson Kathy Berry said
Brief skits satirizing anti-abortion households live below the poverty line," she thought the demonstration was "a
and "pro-family" views of such conser- read another sign. little disorganized" but on the whole a
vative supporters of the president as EACH OF THE women brought up a good idea. She says she cannot vote for
Moral Majority leader Rev. Jerry different area where they saw Reagan Reagan because of his poor record on
Falwell were interspersed with song hurting American women, including his women's rights issues.
and then "facts" on women and opposition to comparable worth "Reagan is not with the majority of
Reagan's policies toward them. legislation, women's education American females," Berry said. "He's
One man dressed in black with a programs and Title IX, the Equal got to change his views to come up to
silver cross on his lapel pretended to Rights Amendment, and administra- the present. He's got to adapt."
preach the Bible to a woman standing tion appointments of women. ENGINEERING school senior
next to him. Another woman held a sign Reagan claims that he has appointed Dorothy Richardson said she resented
that read "Mandatory Motherhood." more women to top policy positions how the demonstrators misrepresented
The mock clergyman playing Falwell within his administartion. But, said one some statistics. Richardson noticed that
told the woman such things as welts and demonstrator: "Reagan has appointed one woman held a sign saying that 80
bruises only .showed that a child was 18 percent fewer women than the percent of women students in
being appropriately disciplined and previous administration." engineering leave the program. As an
women ought to be punished for having Robert Esteves, an engineering engineer, she said she believes that
sex. The woman replied: "Abortion is a school sophomore, shouted his own roughly 70 percent of those in the school
last resort. Women don't take abortion statistics at the demonstrators as they leave and never get their degrees.
or motherhood lightly." performed their skit chastising those "It's garbage that women leave
AFTER THE SKIT, the women laun- who are anti-abortion. Another man engineering because of discrimination.
ched into a chorus of their song "The passing out Mondale Ferraro brochures Profs bend over backwards to help if
Days of Theocracy": "We're going yelled to silence him: "Abortion doesn't you're a woman," Richardson said. "As
back. Back to the good old days when matter if the human race is destroyed. soon as I saw (their statistics) it turned
men were really men and women knew Vote for Mondale." me off from everything else they were
their place. Back, back a couple of cen- ESTEVES, HOWEVER, said saying."
turies, and welcome back the days of Reagan's record is not as bad as people LSA Senior Aaron Bergman thought
theocracy." say it is. He added that he thought some the demonstrators made a good effort
Forming a half-circle, women held up of the demonstrators' facts were but said it was "essentially meaningless
signs and took turns reading off "misconstrued." On the issue of as far as getting anything done."
statistics to the sparse audience. Reagan's appointment of women,
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