The Public Interest

The new feminism and the world of work

Rachel M. Flick

Spring 1983

ONE of the most elaborately organized lobbying efforts now underway is the campaign for a method of wage setting known as “comparable worth.” Two independent organizations exist solely to advocate comparable worth, and it is a principle effort of at least ten others. A regular newsletter keeps activist readers abreast of every step in the campaign. Union leaders and feminists alike call it “the issue of the eighties for women.” And these efforts have begun to bear fruit. The Democratic party endorses it; the Supreme Court has tentatively opened the door to it; and about 25 state and local governments have started to act on it. Its first federal hearings were held in September, 1982. In San Jose, California, it is now law.

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