This week, the senate rejected a bill that would have guaranteed equal pay for equal work. Naturally it wasn’t a major headline in the news. The reasoning by some is that employers will have a hard time making up the difference, or that there will be an onslaught of lawsuits filed against business owners. It is outrageous that this issue even exists. When was it decided that one worker, doing the exact same job, with the exact same skill, is paid more than another. Oh wait. That’s right. The other worker is a woman.
Woman fought for the right to vote. The feminist movement in the 70s, worked towards providing rights in the workplace, and society at large. Title IX was passed to insure equity in providing sports for female athletes. Yet here we are today, in 2012, still fighting for what is fair and equal. Why is it that every group in this country has to fight for what is granted by the Constitution? How many times does the same script have to be written and played out before the ending comes out satisfactorily? The call for equal pay for women has been going on for decades. There have been some acts passed to help ensure it, but the fact remains that women are still being paid less than men.
Most single parent homes are supported solely on the income of mothers. They are working hard to support themselves and their children. To think that they, or any woman, are getting paid 77 cents to the dollar because of their gender is ridiculous. What happens when women go in for the interview? Does a skirt mean you need less money to survive? Is their education or training of lesser quality than that of men? Women have come a long way since the 20s, the 50s, and the 70s. This type of pay discrimination should have been settled a long time ago.
My last thought lies with all the young women who are studying and working towards a career. Of women who are working to make a better life for themselves and families. How do we tell them that the work they do is not on par with their male counterparts. There are actually some who have stated that women are looking for a handout. That they have to work for what is fair and even. Women have been working hard for years. In some cases even harder than men, because they knew they had to in order to prove themselves. In reality, many have been doing more than the guy sitting next to them and getting less for it. The male dominated senate needs to understand the terminology. The keyword word isn’t “more”, it is “equal”. Now is the time to pay up and do what is right. It is long overdue.