Just in case you think "we've
come a long way, baby," take a look
at these statistics from the census
bureau. These figures show that
the gap in women's and men's sal-
aries is almost as wide today as
it was in 1967. We have a long,
long way to go, and we will not get
there without the W.A. We must
continue the fight
"Equality of rights
under the law shall
not be denied or
abridged by the
United States or by
any state on
account of sex."
Comparison of Median
Earnings of year-Round
Full-Time Workers, by Sex,
(Persons 14 years of age over)
Notes: For 1997-77, data including wages and salary income and earnings from self employment
Column 3 = column 2 minus column 1.
Column 1 = column 1 divided by column 2
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau ot the Census: "Money Income of Families and
Persons In the United State*," Current Population Reports, 1957 to 1977, U.S. Department of
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: riamtbook of Labor Statistics, 1977.
by Bill Hoest
"For a long time people never
thought of me as outspoken.
I was always 'nice,' never
controversial....But ail through
my life I've found that there are
things that make me angry...
I grew up in a Catholic home,
but I found I could not accept
the Church's stand on sex and
birth control. I was a lifelong
Republican, but after the 1980
Republican Convention in
Detroit came out against a
woman's right to choose
abortion and against the ERA,
I spoke out in support of the
is a time when we must
-Mary Tyler Moore, in a
fund-raising letter for Planned
Parenthood of New York City
"You be the man ot the house while Daddy is away, Rodney... Don't let
Mommy push you around!'
Decision involving 'promiscuous' girl,
age 5, attacker hits absurd low point
By PATRICIA O'BRIEN
Judge William Reinecke of Grant County,
Wis., isn't answering his phone these days.
He's too busy trying to quiet cries of anger
from parents in his rural southwest Wisconsin community who want him removed from
the bench — all because of what he calls "an
unfortunate choice of words" during a rape
The case has a familiar ring.
A few years ago, another Wisconsin judge
got into trouble while hearing a rape trial by
sympathetically noting the teen-age boy accused of rape was only "reacting normally"
to the siren calls of a sexually permissive
People thought his concerns were badly
misplaced, and that judge lost his job.
Reinecke slipped while sentencing a strap:
ping young farmer for rape last December.
Instead of sending the man to prison, Reinecke scolded him lightly with a 90-day sentence and probation, saying the whole thing
wasn't the defendant's fault, anyway.
According to the judge, the rape victim
was "an unusually sexually promiscuous
young lady" who enticed the poor man's
attentions by jumping on him in bed one
That certainly could be considered enticement. It could even be considered promiscuous — except for the fact that this particular
young lady was 5 years old.
The rapist lived with the child's mother,
and apparently the youngster saw a lot of
things happening in her house that most little
girls don't see. Her mother was out of the
house when the attack occurred. It wa$ a (ew
days before a teacher realized the child was
in pain and got help.
Maybe Reinecke didn't think it was unusual for this little girl to have been sexually
tumbled in bed by a man. But the school
nurse who examined her did.
Apparently, Reinecke's sympathies were
affected strongly by the fact that the rapist is
supposed to be somewhat mentally retarded
— although apparently not retarded enough
not to know he did something wrong. Initially
the defendant tried to deny his guilt. According to court records, Reinecke would have let
him walk out the door a free man if he hadn't
In other words, the farmer apparently was
punished for lying — not for raping a 5-year-
Well, the farmer is now back working on
his farm, and the little girl is safe with her
father, still asking, "Why did he hurt me?"
Reinecke should be busy biting his tongue.
That isn't enough, according to Diane'Barton, leader of a group petitioning for Reinecke's recall. After she first read about the
case, she went home and sat down and stared
at her own 7-year-old daughter to try to figure out the judge's reasoning. "I watched my
child," she said, "and I thought: There is no
way, NO WAY."
Apparently a lot of other people in the
area feel the same. It has occurred to them
that a 5-year-old child is a product of its environment. It has also occurred to them that
this little girl might have been looking for
attention and love — but not sex.
Reinecke has won support from attorneys
and other community members who feel his
14 years on the bench shouldn't be jeopardized because of one big flub. Maybe they're
But at the same time, a little girl has been
publicly branded as promiscuous. There are
any number of ways children can lose in this
world before they've even had a chance. Reinecke Just may have come up with one of the
most tragically absurd.