“How does stuff like this still happen?!”
……inquired my frustrated and bewildered hall mate, as we discussed the recent decision in Wisconsin to repeal the so-called “Equal Pay Law” earlier this week.
A bill in the Wisconsin state legislature was passed to alleviate the well documented, thoroughly researched pay gap between male and female professionals. Soon after the bill was on the table, however, opposition arose amongst some of the state senators who though that the gap should be disregarded as a myth fabricated and promulgated by liberal women’s groups.
Furthermore, the only woman whose voice was heard by Senator Glenn Grothman and his fellow opposers was that of Anne Coulter, who has in fact gone on record acknowledging the pay gap and saying she likes making less than a man…. wow.
Grothman claims that any gap, if there was one, would be the woman’s fault anyways:
“You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”
There are enough things wrong with that statement for it to speak fo itself.
Despite some proof (from the aforementioned statistics, etc..) that a serious gap exists, the repeal was signed by governor Walker last week. This has obvious implications for women in the workplace, but also for those discriminated against on the basis of race,, religion, sexual orientation, etc… Women will be hard-pressed to find the grounds to sue for wage discrimination, as will other vulnerable parties.
Perhaps the fact that women are the main breadwinners or at least equal partners in two-thirds of American families but still earn less than their male counterparts in every state is one of the reasons our economy is shit.
Discrimination… not a good look on you America #justsayin