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Obama vs. McCain: Who’s Your Guy? (Glamour Magazine)

Glamour Magazine

Equal Pay for Women and Men

‘I'm committed to making sure there is equal pay for equal work.... You can count on it.’

His stand: Opposed the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which would have made it easier for women to sue their employers for paying them less than men doing similar work; his campaign said the bill would lead to a swarm of new lawsuits.

Expert view: Observers know that McCain opposes big-government solutions. So ‘he is not pursuing the goal of pay equity as a senator,’ says Vicky Lovell, Ph.D., of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Institute for Women's Policy Research.

‘I don't accept an America where a woman earns less than a man for the same work.’

His stand: Returned to the U.S. Senate from the campaign trail to vote for the Ledbetter Act. He cosponsored another bill that would require employers to disclose their pay scales; his rationale is that doing so would help women more easily determine whether they are being discriminated against.

Expert view: ‘He has sponsored and voted for policies that would enhance pay equity,’ says Lovell. ‘Obama's actions as senator are in line with his pronouncements as a candidate.’

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