• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Salary History Bans Help Narrow Racial, Gender Wage Gaps

  1. I see no legitimate reason for any potential employer to know any candidate’s prior salary history.
    The only use for it is for the employer to offer the lowest possible salary for open positions.
    If Job-X pays between $50-70,000 then offer a candidate something in that range that matches their work experience, period.

    This article is the first time I’ve heard of a salary history ban being used to help with racial and gender gaps, and I’m glad to see it has an impact!

  2. I take exception to this sentence, “Women also take an extra pay hit related to the additional burden of childrearing and household duties that they typically do more of than men…” Childrearing is not a burden–it is a privilege, and the most important job any human can ever have. This is from a mom who, before having children, was climbing the corporate career ladder, and making a good income, but left that career to raise my children. I’ve never regretted it. My children felt secure, loved, and protected at all times, which allowed them to flourish. (And I got to share in their experiences first hand.) All it requires is a good partnership with your spouse, the breadwinner.

    The value to a child being raised by his/her own parent with the love that only a mother/father can have for that child is priceless. It cannot be compared with any potential “pay hit,” which can be just a blip if the mom/dad returns to work as the child enters school. Money isn’t everything.

    My hope is that this gives a future mom some food for thought.

    Now, household duties are a different story…yeah, they can be a burden. (But I don’t see how they cause “a pay hit.”)

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