This past Tuesday, April 8th, marked Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day marked each year as a representation of the day that women will finally catch up monetarily to how much a man in the same position made the year before. It takes 3 months and 8 days for a woman to catch up, for no reason other than her sex. Now, this date is marked every year, with the average white woman making 80 cents to every man’s dollar. This does not even encompass minority women, who make even less money than that, showing that their “Equal Pay Day” may take even longer to commence. This, my friends, can no longer be an issue.
So why are we talking about this now?
On April 9th, the GOP took another stab at the Paycheck Fairness Act, an Act that is running its course for the third time in history as a means of changing how equal pay is enforced. The bill was struck down in the Senate with a 53-44 vote, which didn’t give it enough votes to avoid the dreaded and inevitable filibuster. According to the Huffington Post,
The bill would prohibit retaliation against employees who share their salary information with each other, which supporters say would eliminate the culture of silence that keeps women in the dark about pay discrimination. It would also require the Department of Labor to collect wage data from employers, broken down by race and gender, and require employers to show that wage differentials between men and women in the same jobs are for a reason other than sex.
This makes me wonder, what exactly does the GOP have to fear from women being granted the right to call out their employers for treating them as lesser individuals in a position that deserves equal pay for equal work? Here are some of my guesses:
- Women may expose GOP practices of unequal pay.
- A woman working from home on maternity leave may be more productive and deserving of a raise.
- Women may gain more confidence and assertiveness in their equality.
- All men will quit when they find out their equal counterpart is getting an equal paycheck.
- A revolution of employers getting sued for treating women like inferior beings may “become a thing.”
But how exactly can we be right about what’s going through the mind of our senators unless we ask them ourselves? It is public record to note when your senator votes for or against a bill, and quite frankly, it is time for women to speak out against their senator, or thank those that voted for this bill to pass. We need the senators to know not only are we paying attention, but also that we are PISSED. It should be not be still a problem since the Equal Pay Act of 1963 was passed that we are getting less money for doing the same work. It is 2014 and things are moving at a glacial pace when it comes to the minds of the GOP when they believe that women are still undeserving in their careers.
So I challenge you all, find your senator, tweet at them, send them an e-mail, call them, or heck, write them an email asking them why they believe women should be treated less than men, and thank the senators that voted for this bill to pass.