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Comparable worth is a concept that rejects the premise of a [#permalink]
26 Jul 2006, 20:19
Comparable worth is a concept that rejects the premise of a separate and lower wage hierarchy for jobs that are done primarily by women, arguing instead that earnings should reflect only the worth of the work performed. This worth should be determined by an evaluation system that rates jobs according to their social importance and skill requirements. Because comparable worth does not attack all forms of inequality, it can have only a modest direct effect on the overall degree of inequality in society, but in attacking gender inequality in the job classification system it attacks a major component of gender inequality in the United States. The likelihood that other forms of inequality will become more manifest with the lessening of gender inequality is not a valid argument against comparable worth. Indeed, struggles for comparable worth may help launch campaigns against similar forms of inequity. Still, while conservatives have battled hard against comparable worth, radicals have been reluctant to fight for it because they see the narrow presentations in comparable worth litigation as the limits of the concept. But in addition to helping redress particular inequities, comparable worth could open a discussion of the entire wage system. Its theoretical and political impact will reach far beyond the framework in which it was conceived and force a rethinking of assumptions underlying current employment practices and the market itself.
In the first paragraph of the passage, the author describes the potential role and function of comparable worth in language that most often suggests
(A) artistic endeavors
(B) business transactions
(C) criminal investigations
(D) military operations
(E) scientific experiments
In business transactions, people involved view the pros and cons of a strategy and decide on the best path to take.
Similarily the author discusses the advantages of comparable worth, its limitations and its impact.