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Women of the Year 2006 - Merikay McLeod

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Published on Jul 23, 2008

Merikay McLeod [formerly Silver] is best known, together with Lorna Tobler [WOYA 1993], for her commitment to equal pay for equal work. Innumerable women today continue to be the direct beneficiaries of her monumental sacrifice in this just cause.

An assistant book editor at Pacific Press in the early 1970s, Ms. McLeod was shocked to discover that women's paychecks were 40 percent less than those of male employees. She was further stunned to learn that the Press's "head-of-household" salary system never paid women head-ofhousehold benefits, even if they were the only wage-earner in their family.

After failing to convince Press management through normal channels to end discrimination against women employees and pay them fairly for their labor, she followed her convictions and fi led her first offi cial complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on November 7, 1972, and later a class action lawsuit on behalf of all the women employees at Pacific Press.

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