Today is International Women’s Day. Let’s celebrate “the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.”
At one of my first big jobs after college, I struggled against sex discrimination in the workplace. At that time and place, equal pay was based on experience, education, and job responsibility. I filed a sex discrimination claim against a company that paid me less than the man who had the job before me. He got fired. I held the position longer than he did, had a higher education than he did, and had more job responsibility than he did. Yet when I tried to discuss this inequality of pay with upper management, I was fired.
I told management that act could be seen as retaliation. So they said I wasn’t fired, just laid off. I mentioned that that was basically the same thing. Management so did not want to deal with the issue, that they did a temporary shut down of the entire company. Obviously I left at that point. I later officially filed a legal sex discrimination claim–and won.
I was in another job where I was the only female, except for office staff. Thankfully, management was a bit more enlightened and I never felt any discrimination.
Statistics from 2013 show that women in the USA workforce are making $.78, while men make $1.00.
(illustration from Bloomberg.com)
Really?? We are still fighting this same fricking battle some 40 years later??!!?
I fought so my daughter would not have to deal with this mindset. Who is at fault? Women for not putting their foot down? Men for continuing the caveman mentality? Companies that continue the good ole boy network because people (women) are afraid to say anything for fear of losing their job. Probably a mixture of all of the above.
This makes me sick. And I am too tired to fight again.
Equality for women.
Make it Happen!