Women’s Work Worth 77% of Men

Posted on June 6th, 2012, by iMinerva

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Go tell your daughters and granddaughters they don’t deserve to be paid the same as your sons and grandsons – even tho they are equally smart (maybe smarter), dependable and hardworking – and the Equal Pay Act became law in 1963.  

The Republicans in the Senate voted unanimously to defeat the Paycheck Fairness Act claiming that it would fill the courts with too many lawsuits.  Apparently, they do recognize that women have reason to sue for equal pay but it’s better to have businesses break the law when they pay women 77 cents versus $1 paid to men for the same work.  In the last 50 years, since passage of the Equal Pay Act, the disparity in pay between men and women has only been reduced by 17 cents.  Guess we haven’t really come such a long way, baby.

Beyond being grossly stupid, this is particularly troublesome for families in our current economy as women are increasingly the primary breadwinner in many homes.  A 23% shortfall in the family budget is significant and hard to overcome as the cost of living continues to rise.  Read Marcia D. Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center, on Huffington Post to see what a loss of $10,000 means to the family budget.

I’d urge you to contact your senators but they already know our concerns.  I guess if women are only worth 77 cents on the dollar, our voice isn’t fully valued either.  Wonder if we can get a reduction on college tuition as well – or just pay 77% of our tax bill.  Let’s put that to a vote.

 

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