The message in Rob Rogers’ April 22 cartoon is even worse than he knows for the woman he depicts. According to research conducted by the American Association of University Women and released in a 2016 report, “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap,” African-American women earn not 78 percent of what a white male makes but 63 percent. Native Hawaiians can expect 62 percent, American Indians 59 percent and Hispanic women 54 percent.
But, hey, as the cartoon says, do something symbolic such as put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, and that fixes everything. It’s nice, but we have a long way to go and many big steps to take.
Fox Chapel Area Branch, AAUW