Equal Pay for Equal Work. Or Not.

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Every Republic Senator voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act today. What exactly did they vote against? They voted against barring companies from retaliating against workers who inquire about pay disparities. They voted against helping female employees sue for punitive damages in cases of paycheck discrimination. They voted against employers being required to show that any wage discrepancies are based on genuine business requirements and are related to specific characteristics of the position that are not based on gender.

So we’ll remain in a world where women make 77 cents to the dollar that men make. I am greatly disturbed that it is 2012 and I am writing this blog. I can already here Rom-ster and his staff now — “it’s just another shiny object being dangled for distraction during this election year.”And this war on women is just some more propaganda for Obama.

Of course it’s political — but that is no excuse. It’s political because big companies are in the pockets of the GOP and these companies do not want their wages disclosed to their staff because they know they’d be bombarded with law suits by female employees. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY), the Minority Leader, second highest contributor is JP Morgan. In 2006, JP Morgan had a lawsuit against them: Quinn v. JP Morgan Chase & Co. Also, John Cornyn (R-TX) is the NRSC Chair and in the chief fundraising position for members of their own party in Congress. His third highest contributor is JP Morgan Chase & Cop. Mr. Cornyn’s top industry contributor is lawyers/law firms. The salary discrepancy between male and female lawyers is very large. I could go on and on pointing out clear incentives for GOP to vote against equal pay for women.

The ways in which policies make it onto the agenda and the way decisions are made by political leaders is extremely sickening. Senators will only vote if some wealthy dude’s hands are in his pockets.

It is SICKENING. It’s a simple concept really: equal pay for equal work. But that is way too hard to comprehend for conservatives because they have a really hard time leaving their egos and testosterone at the door and siding with equality for women. Respect for women. Fairness for women. I am in a profession that is primarily made up of women and yet, the few male counterparts that I work with are getting paid more than me. My partner will always be making more than me because he is in the advertising/management consulting world — a primarily male profession. Families are struggling because women are not paid well. Single mom’s are slipping into poverty at exponential rates because they continue to be paid less than their male counterparts.

The GOP has been in it’s prime over the past six months to a year. I have no rights to my uterus, vagina, nor do I have a right to be rightfully paid for the hard work that I do based on my experience, education, and skills rather than the fact that I have breasts that males like to stare at instead of working. I hope every male Republican Senator has to sleep on the couch tonight, but I know this is not true because there are many women that are okay with being less than equal. It is terrifying. That’s all I can say.

Every time I am in line — rather it’s at the store, coffeeshop, or grocery shopping — I am going to turn around to the guy behind me and ask him to pay — chances are he’s making more than me. Maybe that’ll get guys heads out of the sand and help them stand up for their mother’s, sister’s, daughter’s rights. Maybe, just maybe.

 

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