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Which of the following best completes the passage below? A [#permalink]
18 Aug 2006, 04:36
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Which of the following best completes the passage below?
A primary factor in perpetuating the low salaries of women workers has been their segregation in the so-called pink-collar occupations, such as nursing, teaching, library science, and secretarial work. Partly because these jobs have traditionally been held by women, their salary levels have been depressed, and, despite increased attempts to unionize these workers in recent years, their pay continues to lag. Moreover, although a large percentage of women than ever before are now entering and remaining in the job market, most continue to gravitate toward the pink-collar fields, despite the lower salaries. It seems clear, therefore, that if the average salaries of women workers are to approach those of men, ______
(A) labor unions must redouble their efforts to improve the lot of working women
(B) societyâ€™s perception of pink-collar jobs as less important and less demanding than other jobs must be changed
(C) more men must be encouraged to enter fields traditionally occupied by women
(D) the number of jobs in the pink-collar fields relative to the size of the work force as a whole must be markedly increased
(E) more women must enter occupations other than those traditionally reserved for them
Either I`m misreading the passage as a whole or the answer is a straightforward (E). In order to raise the overall wage of female worker`s in general, more women need to break through the "glass ceiling" and abandon traditional pink collar jobs for higher paying professional careers.
Straightforward (E). If women's salaries should go up, they need to move to high-salary professions.
Why not C...
E it is.
Why C is incorrect:
If more men go to these jobs then it will depress the salaries of men and will not increase the salaries of women. Here you might argue that this will still bring both at par but last line of argument says
It seems clear, therefore, that if the average salaries of women workers are to approach those of men
The bold part says that to bring the salaries of women at par with those of men, author is expecting the salaries of women to increase not the salaries of men to decrease.
the author states that a larger percentage of women continue to gravitate towards pink collar fields. E would go against this premise. Also, it's nowhere mentioned that the average salaries need to equal. The average salary of women "would approach" that of men only if men enter a job that pays less.
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I do not think the statement says that.It says the salary of women as such has been decreased coz they have tended to gravitate towards pink collar jobs.It is not the salary of a pink collared job affected but the salry of women as a whole that has been affected.