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Opinion | How to Actually Close the Gender Pay Gap

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To the Editor:

“Salary Transparency Fails to Fix the Gender Pay Gap” (Business, July 4) contains numerous examples and anecdotes about the benefits of taking actions to close the gender pay gap.

We agree that transparency is an important component to building inclusive cultures — but it goes beyond knowing what your co-worker earns.

The gender pay gap is a result of pay inequity and unequal representation at all pay levels throughout an organization. Therefore, instituting a pay transparency policy without taking other actions — such as regularly conducting pay equity analyses; banning salary history requests by employers; and evaluating recruitment, promotion, and talent development systems for bias — would still leave an organization with a pay gap.

There is no “one and done” action that will close a company’s gender pay gap. Instituting salary transparency is an “and” — a policy that should be put in place in addition to taking steps to ensure an equal playing field.

Serena Fong
Andrew Grissom
New York
Ms. Fong is vice president, strategic engagement, and Mr. Grissom is senior associate librarian at Catalyst, a nonprofit promoting gender equity in the workplace.

It’s Not a ‘Broken Home’

To the Editor:

Re “A ‘Broken Home’ Didn’t Break Me, or My Kids” (Opinion guest essay,, July 5):

I am grateful for Joyce Maynard’s tender essay on the long view of divorce. As a child of divorced parents, I, too, wish that my parents hadn’t lined us up on the living room couch and told us that they were getting a divorce. But as the oldest, I felt the burden of their unhappiness on us, and that, too, was too much for children to bear.

Now 40 years later, in a loving marriage of my own and with children and grandchildren, I have one thing to ask of a society so sensitive about language. It’s time to drop the expression “broken home.” Each time I hear the expression, it breaks my heart a little. I want to shout back: “I am not broken. I am strong. And I am loved.”

Erica Brown
Silver Spring, Md.

No More Moviegoing for Me

To the Editor:

Re “Sorry, We Aren’t Going Back to the Movies” (Sunday Review, July 11):

Kara Swisher certainly has it right. Why would anyone want to go back to the movies? To breathe in stale, recirculated air? To eat overpriced, lousy popcorn? To sit near rude people who can’t shut their mouths or turn their phones off? Fuhgedaboutit!

I’m perfectly content to watch movies on my big screen and enjoy all the comforts of home.

An additional plus has been this: By wearing a mask for the last year and a half whenever I ventured out, I not only didn’t get the virus, but also for the first time I can remember I didn’t catch a cold or anything else during this entire period.

So why would I go back to an uncomfortable germ factory when I can enjoy my entertainment with family and friends and open my own bottle of wine or stir (not shake) my own martini?

Steven Morris
Mount Pleasant, S.C.

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