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.
You may have noticed that I tend not to mention personal things about myself, but the time has come to reveal that I live in Minnesota. The reason that time has come is because Minnesota GOP, backed by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, wants to repeal the Pay Equity Act.
But you know, I’m sure they’re right. I’m sure those pesky feminists are just bothersome and there’s no real need for that silly equity thingy. What a jiggumbob law!
Wait…yes, there is a need. According to research in TIME, Newsweek, and other reputable sources, women still earn .77 to every $1.00 that a man makes. There are many reasons why this may be true, but you can’t deny that at least part of it has to do with the misogynistic belief that women shouldn’t be working, can’t work as well as men, or shouldn’t be compensated wholly for their work.
.77 to every $1.00. Do some research, GOP, before you decide to make hasty and ridiculous claims about the wage gap. Oh wait, trying to take action against women is what you do (see HR3, Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act, or read the article, “9 New Laws in the GOP’s War Against Women“).
Think about it – how many single mothers do you know? How many married couples survive on just the wife’s income? This is unacceptable. America should not be a place of prejudice, but it seems like that’s all we understand.
Jen Kaltveit of the Minnesota Women’s Consortium wrote the following statement in her “Equal Pay? No Way!” blog post that I believe sums it up perfectly: “[The issue of equal pay] is a problem that has manifested because of pervasive social attitudes that devalue women.”
THIS IS STILL A PROBLEM. Speak up about it!!
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?