Happy Equal Pay Day, everyone! Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone actually honored this day? Employers around the country would pull in their female employees and say, “You know what? I just realized we’ve been cheating you out of money just because you’re a woman. That stops today!” What an ideal scenario.
What’s the truth? The truth is that college educated women lose $713,000 over a 40-year career due to the wage gap. The truth is that women still earn .77 cents to a man’s dollar. Is some of that attributed to women not bargaining for higher wages like many men do? Sure, some of it is. But consider the case of my friend: She was a manager at Motel 6, yet earned the same amount as a male front desk clerk – and he didn’t bargain for higher wages. She had to go all the way up to the regional manager before the situation was remedied, and she still wasn’t making what she deserved after that.
Let me reiterate – there is NO DIFFERENCE between men and women. There is no reason that a woman should be earning any less than a man for the same role and responsibilities. This needs to end. Today. Speak out about equality in pay!
Also, it’s National Grilled Cheese day.
I read an interesting article by MinnPost today that poses the question, “Are the effects of the ‘he-cession’ on women and the job market over-hyped?” The authors make the claim that, although more men became unemployed during the recession and women appear to have gained in other areas (i.e., graduate student ratios, primary breadwinner of family), women still aren’t winning in the job market game. I agree; in fact, the following excerpt sums it up nicely:
For virtually every statistic suggesting that women are gaining influence, other facts suggest such gains remain incremental and that men will rebound with the economy. Meanwhile, women still struggle with many of the same old challenges — a severe wage gap, tension between work and family responsibilities, and a glass ceiling keeping them from the highest-level jobs.
There are also some great charts that illustrate those issues, such as:
Wage gap grows with children in the home
Source: Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota, June 2010, University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute’s Center on Women and Public Policy, in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of MinnesotaNote: The column on the left shows median earnings in dollars for full-time year-round workers 16 years old and over in Minnesota in 2008. The numbers under the bar charts indicate the number of children in the family.
Oh, but our work in equality between men and women is done, right?
For those of you who don’t know, “corrective rape” is a term used to describe when a heterosexual male rapes a lesbian to “cure” her of her homosexuality. This is UNTHINKABLE! Many women are beaten and/or murdered, get STDs such as AIDS/HIV, or commit suicide as a result. This has become particularly prevalent in South Africa and other nations, but it’s a global problem.
What can you do to help? Sign a petition to eliminate this inhumane “treatment”! This petition is requesting that South Africa declare “corrective rape” a hate crime and enforce laws to punish those who commit it:
Also, follow Change.org (a human rights organzation) on Facebook to see updates: http://www.facebook.com/humanrights.change.org