WHEREAS, the wage gap between men and women is one of the oldest and most
persistent effects of inequality between the sexes in the United States and
WHEREAS, the 1963 Equal Pay Act and the 1964 Civil Rights Act in the United
States establish the legal right to equal pay for equal work and equal
opportunity; and all Canadian jurisdictions have equal employment and equal
opportunity policies usually embodied in a human rights code; and
WHEREAS, the concept of comparable worth attacks the problem of gender-based
wage discrimination by mandating that jobs characterized by similar levels of
education, skill, effort, responsibilities, and working conditions be
compensated at similar wage levels regardless of the gender of the worker
holding the job; and
WHEREAS, the goal of pay equity is to raise the wages for undervalued jobs
held predominantly by women; and
WHEREAS, women of color bear a disproportionate burden of such
WHEREAS, female-dominated jobs pay twenty to thirty percent less than
male-dominated jobs classified as comparable in worth, and more than one half of
all women work in jobs that are over seventy percent female, twenty-five percent
in jobs that are more than ninety percent female; and
WHEREAS, the existence of pay inequity is a manifestation of deep-seated sex
discrimination that prevents both equality of pay for women and equality of
opportunity for both sexes; and
WHEREAS, much remains to be done toward implementing pay equity in both the
United States and Canada;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1987 General Assembly of the Unitarian
Universalist Association urges four actions:
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