Yet again, Republicans deny women their rights

Posted by Erin Tracy-Blackwood on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Senate Republicans have asserted that if you have female reproductive organs, you should not expect to receive equal pay for equal work. How such simple concepts of fairness are up for debate, let alone a vote, in 2012 is beyond me.

On Tuesday, the Senate Minority blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. Based on their political motivations, I see why they chose to filibuster.

Republicans didn't stand to lose much ground with women voters for not supporting the act. After their War on Contraception and the Violence Against Women Act fiasco, if Republicans still have any female supporters, they will obviously never leave the party's side. Support for the act would've annoyed a large part of the GOP's base, including corporations and business owners who do not want to pay a dime more than they must for anything, including their staff.

I recently left such a company. My last job was in the motorcycle industry: a man's world. I held a high position in marketing, and for a while, my supervisor was female. She was a model employee who had a hand in every aspect of the company. I remember the day she resigned. Our chairman said it felt like he'd lost his right arm.
She left because they brought in a man to take over part of her duties, and she discovered they were paying him double her salary. Double.

He wasn't more qualified or educated. His work ethic didn't exceed hers. It was simply because he was a man. He was paid double her salary for half her responsibilities and, unlike her, no one ever once thought to ask him for a cup of espresso.

This was an extreme example of the culture pervasive in America. Nationally, the average ratio of women's pay to men's is 77 cents on the dollar. The Obama Administration has been visibly trying to change this. Before introducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, the White House created the Council on Women & Girls and supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Republicans, most notably Mitt Romney, have been largely silent since the vote. On Tuesday, Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada was the only Republican who had enough balls to attempt to defend his party's vote on the Senate floor. He must be the highest paid person in the GOP.

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... and women will vote for them anyway.

It doesn't matter how badly they treat their base, some people just can't see past party lines. People continue to vote against their own self interest.

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Posted by DLP on 06/08/2012 at 4:21 AM

No two (even male) CEOs are paid the same amount. You're worth what you are able to negotiate for. When you get a job, it's up to you to ask for as much as you can. If they're able to get you for less, be it male or female, why would they pay more?

Also, based on the "women make 77 cents on the dollar" logic, why would anybody hire men? If I can get a woman to do just as much work as a man, for a fraction of the price, I would only hire women! The truth is that these studies are flawed. They don't take into account the wage disparity due to women taking time off to have children or working part time.

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Posted by Worker on 06/08/2012 at 8:51 AM

You might want to take a look at what Nancy Pelosi pays her female staff members...

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Posted by Jud Block on 06/09/2012 at 9:07 AM

Oh, and there's this too: According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).

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Posted by Jud Block on 06/09/2012 at 9:17 AM

So why didn't Pelosi, Reid and Obama take care of this during their two year rule? Democrats are using this as an election year talking point. If they could get Obama Care through, they coulld have gotten this through. It's horsesh*t and the Dems are eating it up and asking for more.

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Posted by Pokeinthenose on 06/10/2012 at 11:29 PM
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