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Comparable worth and the clerks' conveyor belt

For those who want to follow up on our Wednesday post about "comparable worth" proposals, Mickey Kaus (now with permalinks, finally) has much more. Best part is his "P.P.S.":

You can tell that contemporary legal feminists are now somewhat embarrassed by "comparable worth," because the Roberts stories (in WaPo and the NYT) actually play down its salience. But the feminists should be embarrassed, because even if it's dead (and I'm not sure of that) "comparable worth" shows what can happen -- what did happen -- when you set up an intellectual conveyor belt that sends the latest and brightest ideas of liberal litigators and professors and their law students straight to liberal judges and their law clerks (often those same law students a year later) for quick approval. If nothing else, the madeleine-like memory of this once-celebrated "women's rights" idea should remind everyone why it's valuable to have stubborn non-progressive doubters like Roberts around.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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