The Sexes: Wages and Women

Equal pay for equal work is a familiar slogan of the women's lib movement. It has also been the law of the land for large companies for a decade, but a law that was little noted nor long remembered. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court decided its first sex-discrimination wage case, and five of the "Nine Old Men" handed down a ruling that should be a sharp spur for industries to up women's wages.

The case involved Corning Glass Works. In the late 1920s, plants in New York and Pennsylvania began using automatic production and needed night-shift inspectors for the glassware and...