Equal pay for women
I 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.