Gender Equality

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Got 20 cents?  Those two dimes represent the difference between what men and women make on EVERY dollar. 

True: women make, on average, 80 cents for every dollar men make.  The disparity is a hot topic of discussion on this day (April 10), Equal Pay Day

Oregon has some news to contribute to the day: an equal pay law passed by the legislature that goes into effect at the beginning of next year. 

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More than a few baby boomers can probably remember statements in their youth like "you can't tell the boys from the girls anymore." 

And a young person today might well answer: so what?  Gender HAS been a factor in determining many rights and responsibilities through human history, and seldom for good. 

Gender roles and even identities are more fluid now; sociologist Barbara Risman examines the situation in Where the Millennials Will Take Us: A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure

It may seem that married women from pioneer days had limited opportunities, as most independent businesswomen were either single or widowed.