Equal pay for women

January 10, 2009 at 12:57 pm 2 comments

moneyI am very excited. After thousands upon thousands of years of human existence, women in the U.S. will finally be assured equal pay to men in 2009 thanks to a new law being passed by our lawmakers.

No words can express at once my complete joy mixed with utter disbelief that this law has to exist at all. On the one hand I am elated that women will finally have the resources needed to fight for their fair share from their employers. On the other hand, I am saddened by the sheer knowledge that we as humans are just now evolving to a place where we realize women are just as capable as men and deserve to be compensated as such.

I suppose I should be far more excited given the fact that just last year the Supreme Court decided against a woman who just wanted her fair share for doing the same job as the men in her company – Goodyear Tire.

I am going to be 40 years old this year and I have never seen men as superior to me, which is why I fight for equality. Because despite my view of equality, there are still so many men who see themselves as superior to me because I am a woman. They were taught this is the natural order of things. They were taught that male rule was God ordained. I was taught the same thing, but I never bought that hogwash and refuse to bend my knee for one second to patriarchy.

Though humans slowly inch toward true equality, it is still far too slow for me. This state of social disparity is like a grotesque infection that no medicine has to this point been able to heal. My oldest daughter will soon enter the workplace and it sickens me to think she might still have to fight for her fair share. She has worked so hard and sacrificed so much to get her degree. I pity any company that would deny her equal pay.

Which makes me realize something very important, although equal pay has thus far alluded many women, the last few decades has given us a voice. A very strong voice. Something we did not have too long ago. And where women have a voice – we can open our mouths and speak our minds, which we do.

Watch this woman speak: Women are equal in all ways. Even the workplace.

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  • 1. Demosthenes  |  January 28, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    That’s fine. I have no problem with women wanting equal pay for work done. If you are a programmer, then you should be paid based upon your ability to code; no exceptions.

    I have nothing but respect and admiration for women who go into the industrial sector. That is hard work and women who go into it deserve every penny that they earn and the equity of being paid a fair wage for hard work. My aunt stood on an assembly line at a Ford plant for 25 years and was a supervisor for another ten and UAW assured that she a equatable and fair wage for her 35 years of service.

    What I object to are these random statistics that claim women make less than men make overall. These statistics conveniently omit that fewer women take jobs with high risk of physical injury (construction, mining, utilities).

    If women want to make more money, then they should start seeking jobs in these industries. However, even with those who do seek jobs in these industries; it’s funny. Having worked construction, I have seen women who enter these jobs quit simply because they are “too dirty” or they find the work conditions uncomfortable. That’s fine and every person has the right to work where they want or leave a job they find unpleasant for whatever reason. But with that right understand that you left the job of your own free will.

    And now, certain segments of the feminist political lobby are seeking to push for a reduction in infrastructure development jobs in the country; jobs that are male dominated by the physically demanding nature of the work and the fact that most of this work demands a significant degree of upper body strength. Women aren’t genetically designed that way and there’s nothing that can be done about it.
    Construction is manual labor. When our technology reaches the level where that aspect of the work can be alleviated, but until then it’s going to be men who have to do this work. Eliminating this sector of work is not practical doing so will only harm the country.

    Can a woman be a CEO of a corporation? Yes, without a doubt. If a woman can run and budget a household, then a corporation should be a piece of cake 🙂 But to attack the infrastructure industry simply because it is a male-dominated industry is foolishness of the most abject kind. It is only going to hurt the country as a whole and if the feminist lobby can’t see that, then perhaps there is a bigger problem than gender inequality going on now.

  • 2. Thomas  |  September 5, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Call the extra pay that men receive a surcharge. Where are all the feminists when a building is on fire, or there is a home invasion, earthquake, bank robbery with hostages, sinking ship at sea, front-line combat, etc.
    No more “women and children first.”
    Hey! What about me? Why do I have to risk my life?

    When women will stand by our sides when the ship is sinking and not be scrambling for the life boats–when a woman volunteers to be a hostage so a man can be let go, when women run back into a fire to help save lives, when she will do house-to-house sweeps in war and take a round just like men risk getting shot, molested, decapitated, hung and burned etc.
    That’s when you get the extra dollar an hour. Until then you aren’t paying much for a hell of an insurance policy.

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