Some people (both men and women) believe that feminism, as a movement, is no longer needed. Women are no longer second class citizens. We can vote, own or rent our homes without needing a male cosigner, work in the career of our choice, climb up the educational ladder, etc.
While the argument is partially true, women are still not truly equal. Today is equal pay day.
Today is called equal pay day because a white woman has to work a year and four months for the same annual salary that her white male colleague earns. Men and women of color have equal pay days of their own towards the end of the year, representing how long they have to work for the same salary as their white male colleagues. In a fair world, an employee’s salary should be decided on based on their experience and ability to do their job. The color of their skin and their classification as either male or female should not play a role in deciding what to pay an employee. But we don’t live in fair world, we live in an unfair world.
That is why equal pay day exists and will continue to exist until the issue of pay parity is a thing of the past.
Today is #EqualPayDay.
Instead of ranting on how completely unfair it is that some of us are still earning less than our colleagues, based only upon race, sex or familial origins instead of professional experience and/or educational background, I would like appeal to the rational nature of my fellow citizens.
Logic states that an employees’ salary is dictated by their previous experience and their ability to do the job. But human beings are not always logical creatures.
Imagine a world and a country where sex, race, family origin and sexual orientation go completely unnoticed. Imagine a world where one’s salary is strictly based on the employees’ abilities to do their job.
There is so much money sitting wasted on the proverbial table. I’m not an economist by any stretch of the imagination, but if we all had a little more disposable income, perhaps there would be more jobs and a little less debt.
In 4 years, we will be celebrating the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The 19th Amendment was the beginning of fight of American women for their rights as human beings. Sadly, one of those fights is still equal pay.