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Women undervalued at work and at home

The facts outlined in Sarah Schweitzer’s article “Mass. lags on pay for women” (Page A1, Dec. 10) present a clear mandate to place greater value on the work that women do in their households, in the workplace, and in society.

Many attribute the wage gap to women choosing lower-paying careers. When more women entered the workforce during World War II, many of their occupations were devalued, perceived as “women’s work,” declining in skill, influence, and salary. The problem is not simply that women are choosing undervalued jobs; it is that society is undervaluing the jobs of women.

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