Taking Advantage of the Opportunity Cost of Equality: The Alliance for Women and The South Carolina Commission on Women Article (October, 2006)

Published in the October 2006 issue of Business Monthly Columbia, this article focuses on the work of the then South Carolina Commission on Women. The article talks about the advocacy and policy work of the commission and explains how both look towards the beneficial outcomes of altering the pay discrepancy within the state. Furthermore, the article talks about how such benefits could revitalize the economy of South Carolina and fix a much needed state infrastructures.


The article articulate the very realized and structured goals of the South Carolina Commission on Women, showing that such changes to pay inequity must be incremental and are certainly not a sign of completely changing inequity within the state. One passage reads:

“And to think what it would mean to every woman in South Carolina to achieve economic autonomy. She could afford health insurance and would pursue healthcare. She would have resources to continue her education, strive for promotions, and expand her career choices to include opportunities at the highest levels of business and government. She could start and grow a business. She would be able to plan for retirement. Thousands of women could escape poverty and abusive environments.  Imagine South Carolina leading in the southeast in this 21st century renaissance.”

Other features of the article highlight the persons involved in the advocacy work, including a picture of a think tank of women entrepreneurs during the time of the proposed changes. Importantly the article also discusses how such advocacy for equal pay runs parallel to the work to ensure safe home spaces for women and their children, pairing with organizations like the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA). A link to view and download the article as a pdf is available below.

Taking Advantage of the Opportunity Cost of Equality

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