Really quick before we start: I just got out of the shower and I was the only person home and Obie was barking in my room so I went in to check on him and get changed and I walked in and outside of my window there was a man on my roof and I was naked and he saw me naked. I don’t know if he was supposed to be on my roof but he hauled out of there. I freaked out a little bit. I normally don’t mind people seeing me without clothes and I would totally be naked all the time if it weren’t for the law, but I wasn’t expecting it at all.
The Wage Gap: Anyway, equality in the workplace is one of the things you hear the most from feminists today and it’s also super infuriating because it’s been the same for 50 years. June 10 marked the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay act which was signed in by JFK when women made 59 cents on the dollar to men. Now women make 77 cents, so there’s been an 18 cent change over 50 years. That also means that at this rate, in another 50 years women would still be making under the dollar and isn’t that really fucking ridiculous? And that’s just if you’re a white women. Women of color make less than that and trans* women make hardly anything. That’s even if they get hired too, because there is no federal law that prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender-identity (talking about that later.)
The wage gap itself roots in the disproportionate representation of men and women in different fields. We know that higher paying positions are usually occupied by men whereas women seem to fill lower paying positions. Here’s is where the butthurt people say things like “Women want to take those positions. Men work harder so they deserve the top spots and if women work harder they can make that much too.” and it goes on and on but you have to know that it’s a lot more complicated than that. And here’s why:
-Remember the glass ceiling? It applies here. When it comes to women trying to move up in the workplace, there are a lot of factors that serve in keeping women down. A main factor is motherhood or even potential motherhood. Many companies assume that if a woman becomes a mother, she will perform less in her job and will be unable to hold a higher position. This assumption is sexist and limits women based on their reproductive ability which is why this sucks. This also forces women to choose whether they want a family or a career, while men are rarely asked to make this choice. It’s also important to know that the US, it’s not required to offer women paid maternity leave, which kind of punishes women for having kids and also works to keep mothers financially dependent on men, or if you’re a single mom you’re just kind of fucked because if you have a baby, it’s like $10,000 for the first year and now you have to choose between staying home and taking are of it or working so that you don’t lose everything. This is a cool graphic showing how much paid leave other countries offer: