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Women generally do not receive lower pay for doing precisely the same work as men. Rather, regardless of their skills, women have disproportionately high representation in jobs traditionally paying lower wages. If jobs paid according to the skills and education required by them, this de facto segregation would not exist.

If the statements above are true, which of hte following is most likely to be true?

(a) Some jobs performed by more men than women pay higher wages than jobs requiring comparable skills, but performed by more women than men.
(b) Regardless of sex or occupation, a person should be paid an amount sufficient to support his or her houselhold.
(c) As men enter a field, earnings tend to rise, not only for men but also for the women in the field.
(d) Little percentage gain has occurred in the number of women holding jobs traditionally held by men.
(e) Generally accepted methods are available for evaluating the level of skill required in, and hence the appropriate pay for, any job traditionally held by women.
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15 Jun 2007, 13:25
My take E

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15 Jun 2007, 14:20
Can you (or someone) provide reasoning behind his / her answer? I'd like to understand the reasoning behind why each of the other answers are considered wrong.

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15 Jun 2007, 14:51
(a) Some jobs performed by more men than women pay higher wages than jobs requiring comparable skills, but performed by more women than men.
(b) Regardless of sex or occupation, a person should be paid an amount sufficient to support his or her houselhold.
Out of scope
(c) As men enter a field, earnings tend to rise, not only for men but also for the women in the field.
This implies that men get paid more than women in jobs in the same filed (requireing same skills). Opposite of the argument(d) Little percentage gain has occurred in the number of women holding jobs traditionally held by men.
This comes close but not as good as A
(e) Generally accepted methods are available for evaluating the level of skill required in, and hence the appropriate pay for, any job traditionally held by women.
Don't know what this choice trying to convey
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15 Jun 2007, 19:11
iamba wrote:
(a) Some jobs performed by more men than women pay higher wages than jobs requiring comparable skills, but performed by more women than men.
(b) Regardless of sex or occupation, a person should be paid an amount sufficient to support his or her houselhold.
Out of scope
(c) As men enter a field, earnings tend to rise, not only for men but also for the women in the field.
This implies that men get paid more than women in jobs in the same filed (requireing same skills). Opposite of the argument(d) Little percentage gain has occurred in the number of women holding jobs traditionally held by men.
This comes close but not as good as A
(e) Generally accepted methods are available for evaluating the level of skill required in, and hence the appropriate pay for, any job traditionally held by women.
Don't know what this choice trying to convey

The passage doesn't say that any such method is available...it relies on the conditional if-then to state a possibility not a fact.

So, A is correct...whats the OA??
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18 Jun 2007, 06:53
But A changes the meaning.
It says Jobs generally held by men pay higher wages than the jobs ,requiring comparable skills, but held by women.This weakens the authors assertion that women gets the same pays as men.

The passage says that its not true that women get lower pays . Actually from the starting , women have been holding jobs of lower pay though the women have higher skills which are not required by that job.
If the jobs pay according to the skills requiired for the job , this wrong conception will go away.

If author is suggesting that jobs should pay according to the skills suitable for the job then author assumes that methods are available to evaluate the skills required by that job.
and hence E should be true.

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18 Jun 2007, 07:09
B, C & D are irrelevant.

A does not change the meaning. A says that some jobs represented by a greater number of men than women tend to pay higher wages than those jobs represented by a greater number of women, even though both types of jobs require similar skills.

However, this defeats the first sentence stating women do not receive lower pay for doing a job that a man does that requires similar skills. So if this first sentence is true, A cannot be true.

Leaving us with E. Even though there is no mention of any methods for measuring skills/pay, this is what we can infer to be true if all the statements are true.

Hence, answer should be E.
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18 Jun 2007, 09:35
I picked E as well but the OA is A.

I think I sort of understand A now:

There are some jobs that are mostly performed by men (than women). The pay for these jobs is more than the pay for jobs that require the same skill among men and women.
Hence, jobs that require the same skill among men and women pay less than jobs that are dominantly male oriented.
Women make up a majority of those performing jobs with the same skills.

Therefore, women do not receive lower pay for jobs of the same skill / work as men.

Seems like a stretch. Can anyone else provide better insight to why A is correct?
18 Jun 2007, 09:35
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