Today I am taking time out from my normal blog jackassery (well, not completely- There will be some in this blog, because of course, I am the jackass that is writing it) to write in support of The Paycheck Fairness Act. I will return to my usual profanity-filled blog posts tomorrow.
I work with approximately 100 women and exactly 9 men. One of those men is a nurse. All the rest are Pediatricians and Obstetricians. I often wonder if that one male nurse makes more than his 99 female co-workers. Could it be? If he does, is it because he works 12% harder than his female co-workers? No. He doesn't. We all work hard and we deserve to be paid equally. Pay inequity effects women and families. It effects each paycheck, it effects their retirement accounts and college funds. Why the fuss over a mere 12 cents per dollar? Over a lifetime, it can add up to three quarter of a million dollars! That is why The Paycheck Fairness act is so important.
What is The Paycheck Fairness Act, you ask? Well, I just happen to have a little blurb here from the National Women's Law Center website:
"The Paycheck Fairness Act, passed in the House of Representatives in January 2009 and now pending in the Senate, aims to strengthen current laws against wage discrimination and provides tools to enable the federal government to be more proactive in the fight. Among other things, the Paycheck Fairness Act would also close a significant loophole in the Equal Pay Act to allow for full compensation for sex-based wage discrimination."
Doesn't sound to scary, does it? Why would anyone be against paying women the same wage that men receive for the same job? Well, the uber-conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce does. So does the National Association of Manufacturers. As does the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Along with the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The Society of Human Resource Management is opposing it too. You know who these groups represent? They represent "The Man". You know who "The Man" is don't you? He is the one who is always trying to keep you down. He is the one who signs your paycheck, makes your schedule and tries to oppress you. We cannot let "The Man" win! We must fight against him!
So, check out these links below. Get yer learn on and find out how you can help. Let's stick it to "The Man"!
Here is more info on The Paycheck Fairness Act
Facts about pay equity
Here is how you can help!