The April 1 edition of The Advocate quoted Gov. John Bel Edwards as saying, “Women make 65 cents for every $1 men are paid.” That statement indicates a difference of 35 cents. Another way of stating the same information is: Women make $1 for every $1.53 men are paid. That indicates a difference of 53 cents.

Stated either way, an obvious injustice is illustrated.

Anyone who has faced the responsibility of meeting a payroll or who has seen the very survival of his business dependent on cutting expenses to the bone can sympathize with an owner who pays as little as possible.

I contend, however, that a business enterprise so marginal that its survival depends on cheating women is in need of professional help.

Yes, I did say cheating.

John Earle


Baton Rouge