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A Day Late and More Than a Dollar Short for Equal Pay – a Rant

equal payYesterday 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 KnowWe’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,

Anne Wayman freelance writer

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  • Lisa Cunningham

    Anne, I feel your pain! After all these years, women still get the shaft. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Trump, especially after that awful Access Hollywood tape, but I also get why women and men are so angry with our government and its nutty politicians. They seem to lose all common sense once they move to D.C. The recent health care insurance debacle is simply one in a series of epic fails. I keep screaming “Patients first!” at Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio on Twitter, but they don’t care. After all, they exempt themselves from almost every law they pass. Obama never signed HIS family up for the ACA. I completely get why people are so frustrated that they stop voting. However, I was raised that in a republic such as ours, we have to take and active role and vote. Remember when the Iraqis were so thrilled to finally have a chance to vote for someone besides Hussein? The purple thumbs they proudly displayed? We are blessed to live in America, which even with its flaws, is still the wealthiest nation the world has ever known. Yes, we have many poor, homeless and others who are left out and treated terribly. That’s why we must continue to fight for them and pray that they will be lifted out of their situations. Each of us can do something to volunteer our time or treasure…But the last thing we should ever do is give up. Don’t be apathetic. Take action and be part of the solution, not the problem.

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