Definition of Comparable Worth
(noun) Paying women the same as men to complete different but equally demanding work based on the education and experience required to do them and the level of responsibility and stress related to them.
Comparable Worth Pronunciation
Syllabification: com·pa·ra·ble worth
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈkɑmpərəbəl wɜrθ/
- British English – /ˈkɒmpərəbl wɜːθ/
- Plural: comparable worths
- A key limitation in the idea of comparable worth is how to determine the “worth” of various jobs.
- Also called:
- sex equity
- pay equity
- Sex and Gender Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “comparable” and “worth” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “comparable worth.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/comparable-worth/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
comparable worth. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/comparable-worth/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “comparable worth.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/comparable-worth/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“comparable worth.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 14 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/comparable-worth/>.