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Continued: Readers Write: (Aug. 29 ): Syria, police, eminent domain, equal pay

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A worthy goal, but the statistics are off

The statistic that women on average earn 77 or 78 percent as much as men (Readers Write, Aug. 28) is often quoted and, generally, misquoted. It does not take into account part-time vs. full-time employees. Also, the study that produced this number did not compare education, experience, longevity with the employer. It was a simple mathematical average.

In my 35-year business career, most part-time employees were women — if I had to guess, well more than 80 percent. And, 100 percent of the employees taking time off to give birth were women, though we probably can no longer acknowledge that as a fact.

Factor in these two items, then add in experience, education and time on the job, and the pay difference collapses substantially.

I have no argument against equal pay, but I do have a problem with the misuse of the statistic. I would like to see a more honest comparison. I would also like to see what the differential is if you dropped out CEO compensation.

DOUG PFEIFER, Minnetonka

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