The Boston Herald, Letters to the Editor, 1/27/16

The Herald editorial argues that the current pay equity bill before the Senate is silly (“Pay bill overreaches,” Jan. 23). Allow me to offer a few responses to add to the levity: It is silly that the Herald questions the existence of a wage gap, turning a blind eye to the decades worth of research demonstrating that the gap is very real, and disproportionately affects women of color.

It is silly that the Herald seems to have no regard for the significant economic impact that the wage gap has here in commonwealth. According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, nearly $13 billion is left out of the Massachusetts economy each year because of pay inequity. That’s $13 billion not being spent on goods and services in our neighborhoods.

And above all, it is silly that in 2016 we are still having this conversation.

Equal pay isn’t funny business. It will lift up women and families across Massachusetts, and be a boon to our economy. It also happens to be the right thing to do.

Jesse Mermell, 
executive director, Alliance for Business Leadership, Boston