When the United States Women’s Soccer team won the world cup in 2019, well-known soccer player Megan Rapinoe proclaimed, “I’m not going to the f*cking White House” when asked if excited about going. This occurred during the Trump administration and Rapinoe has made it very clear that she is no fan of him. However, how could anyone in or an ally of the feminist community support Donald after the “grab her by the p*ssy” scandal.
Well the tables have turned because Rapinoe has officially gone to the ‘f*cking White House’ but with a new man in charge. It is no lie that Joe Biden has shown tremendous effort working towards a society that achieves gender equality. As he invited U.S Women’s National Soccer Team players Margaret Purce and Megan Rapinoe to go over the national issues of women inequality, it is prominent that there is a progressive agenda for feminist community in the eyes of the POTUS. With that being said, I have to say how refreshing it is that people with immense political power, like President Biden, are acknowledging important events like Equal Pay Day.
Non-equal pay is one the most important issues to tackle within the feminist community, and it is about time there is something done to ensure that men and women are paid the same amount. Well according to the National Women’s Law Center, American women working full time and year-round are paid on average 82 cents for every dollar paid to men. However, it is worse for women of color. The same data shows that Black women earn 63 cents on the dollar of the average man and Latina women earn 55 cents of the average man.
So, what is the Biden administration doing to tackle these issues? Good news is that they are doing something. The Paycheck Fairness Act was reintroduced into congress which pushes for paid family leave and more affordable child care. This act will help women who are struggling financially, especially in this pandemic.
President Joe Biden stated, “My administration is going to fight for equal pay. It’s about justice, it’s about fairness, it’s about living up to our values, who we are as nation. Equal pay makes all of us stronger”.
As the U.S. ranks 53rd in the latest Global Gender Gap Report, these issues of women inequality are now more important than ever to address due to the state of our country. However, I can’t help but think, is the Biden administration doing enough for the feminist community? Are we so used to the Trump administration leaving the issues of women inequalities on the back burner- that we are settling for the Biden administrations actions?