I Deserve An Equal Wage

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September 15, 2014 by Roe

Have you guys seen this?

“Republicans Unanimously Block Equal Pay Bill”: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/09/15/3567740/republicans-paycheck-fairness-act/.

Elizabeth Warren (and incidentally, my mom) shared this on Facebook today and it’s like, what gives?

I’m a woman, and you know what? There are some days I’d rather not participate in society, though I like to think that I’m getting better at getting motivated about dance of Life and all that; I’ve accepted the “getting a job” thing. But tell me: How am I supposed to feel excited or enthused about participating in my society, in my culture when my government cannot pass a bill to pay me the same wage as a man? Am I even wanted? Feels like a one-way ticket to second-class citizenship to me.

And this feels like such a dated issue, one that should have been solved YEARS, even DECADES ago.

Republicans claim (and have claimed for awhile now) that the issue of the pay gap doesn’t exist and/or “isn’t as big as the statistics say”. Even if we assume for a moment that the gap is exaggerated, there is still acknowledgement that there is a gap and the fact that there is one is too much. Isn’t there any urgency that this should be immediately fixed?

I feel a disconnect from the greying of Washington. I feel a disconnect from the hypocritical, greedy white males who are ruining this country from the inside out; They’re ruining it for everybody. And frankly, I don’t care if you disagree with everything I’m saying. This is my disillusionment, and you can’t take that away. At the end of that day, what I feel is sometimes all I have.

Is there a War on Women in this country? Maybe not a war but a definitely a distinct prejudice and fear – and it makes me ashamed to be associated with a nation so ignorant and backwards.

I’m sick of sexism. Just because I have breasts and can produce Life, doesn’t not mean I should be discriminated against. I deserve an equal wage.

 

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