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comparable worth

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

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈkɒmpərəb(ə)l wɜːθ/
    • British English
      • /ˈkɒmpərəb(ə)l wɜːθ/
  • Syllabification: (com·pa·ra·ble worth)

Usage Notes

  • 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

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Works Consulted

Brym, Robert J., and John Lie. 2007. Sociology: Your Compass for a New World. 3rd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Kendall, Diana. 2011. Sociology in Our Times. 8th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Comparable Worth

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “comparable worth.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 17, 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 October 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/comparable-worth/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“comparable worth.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/comparable-worth/>.