Target: Boston Mayor Thomas Menino
Goal: Thank Mayor Menino for his planned efforts to shrink the salary gap between male and female workers in his city.
Thomas Menino recently pledged to make Boston the “premiere city for working women.” While it is easy to simply make a statement such as this, Menino has outlined a very specific plan to follow through on his promise. He plans to create a Women’s Workforce Council, open up new avenues of business for women, make child care more accessible, and personally help the women of his city negotiate for their deserved fair wages. For creating this plan, and for recognizing that pay equity is an important issue in society that needs to be addressed, Mayor Menino deserves gratitude.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority report, compiled in November 2012, showed that women earn an average salary of $35,135 annually–which is considerably less than the average male salary of $40,192. Menino referred to this statistic in his most recent address to the city, and cited it as an example of why reform needs to come. Another statistic cited was the fact that Boston’s population consists of 50% women, but that only one-third of Boston’s businesses are owned by women.
Yet another important number related to the issue is 82–that being the amount of cents women are paid for every dollar paid to men in their first year out of college, nationwide. With the help of Mayor Menino and people like him, that salary gap could soon be a distant memory, as it well should be. He should be commended for taking a stand against inequality and doing something to fight it.
Dear Mayor Menino,
This letter is a letter of thanks and gratitude. Far too many political leaders see injustice occurring and do nothing to stop it. You are not one of these types of leaders.
On the contrary, you are taking a strong stand against an issue that has long been a symbol of inequality in our country. Qualified female workers deserve to make every bit as much as qualified male workers–and yet, in our society, they do not. This is unfair and unjust. You have recognized the inherent unfairness and unjustness of this trend and are actively working to reverse it.
If more political leaders took decisive, righteous stances such as yours, the world would be a much better place. I personally hope that other leaders look to your example and realize that they need to do what they can to eliminate inequality in their own sectors. Once again, thank you for your gracious actions, and may your righteous plans come to fruition.
[Your Name Here]
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