Yesterday was Equal Pay Day.
We’ve been having a discussion of sexism over in the forum. Several writers have experienced it, many not so much. One of our male members posted ‘It f***ing sucked’: Man switches email signatures with his female coworker for a week – and the dramatic change in the way he’s treated leaves him stunned.
We see these kind of stories from time-to-time – a man takes on a female persona and discovers there is discrimination against women in the workplace.
At the end of 2009, a well known blogger and writer revealed how and why she took on a male persona in Why James Chartrand Wears Women’s Underpants. Since I’ve never used a pseudonym I have no idea if I would find it easier to land gigs with a man’s name – maybe.
I’ve been part of the Woman’s movement and consider myself a feminist for much of my adult life. I have a daughter and two granddaughter and the fact that by and large women do not get paid the same pay for equal work after all this time pisses me off. I don’t get why this discrimination continues.
I also don’t get why so many find the idea of moving to a living wage of $15 an hour. I mean whose going to buy the stuff if there isn’t a bit left over?
NBC published What Is Equal Pay Day? Here’s Everything You Need to Know. We’ve actually lost some ground recently – when “President Donald Trump pulled back the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order put in place by Obama to protect women in the workplace.” NBC said that, and I find it positively disgusting – I don’t know which is worse, dumping equal pay or safety. Think about it.
Obviously there are many things I don’t understand. Shortly after the 2016 election I wrote How This Writer Helped Elect Trump Through Carelessness. Since then I’ve worked steadily to break out of my political bubble with some success. I have a better understanding of why, for example, some women voted for Trump in spite of his denigrating words about women. Apparently they wanted change and recognition. I can sort of get that and it makes me feel sad.
We’ve been such a rich country, with so many resources yet we’ve left people behind and continue to destroy the land and damage the sea.
So I call and write congress, work to have dialogue with people who think differently than I do and continue to keep my fingers crossed. Thanks for reading and considering my view.
Write well and often,