When President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, he noted that one in every three workers in the U.S. was a woman. Today women make up half of the American workforce.
There is grim math behind that statistic. Think of it this way. In Kennedy’s day, only a third of the workforce (i.e., the women) suffered substandard pay based on gender. Today half of the workforce (i.e., the women) suffers from this sort of discrimination. From this perspective, it appears we’ve been walking backwards since President Kennedy proclaimed that “first step” 49 years ago.
The effects of discrimination aren’t just felt today. They accumulate. Because of the gender pay gap, women with the same education doing the same job as men earn far less over their working lifetimes. Discriminatory pay cheats an average working woman out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
UppityWoman noted on her blog yesterday:
While we are made to BEG for Paycheck Fairness, we note that in 2011, 72% of all high school graduates were women. Women also outnumber men in college degrees by 20%. They also outnumber men in graduate and law diplomas. But of course, we are blocked like cattle from being 51% of Congress we are supposed to be, and you can bet the Paycheck Fairness Act will fail in the House, with Harry Reid pretending he tried.
17% of those who voted against the recall said they’d still vote for The One in November. What a majority who voted against WI Recall said was recalls should be used only for illegal behaviors, not as “do over” elections. They saw it as abuse of the system.
Today’s HillaryIs44 is a MUST read:
Bill Clinton Day, Post Wisconsin Day Disasters For Obama
Update: It’s Bill Clinton day everywhere. Charles Krauthammer is a guest of honor at the festivities. The top of the charts quote from Krauthammer: Let’s face it, Bill Clinton’s a double agent for the GOP, is playing on all the jukeboxes.
For those asking “What is ‘Obama supporter’ Bill Clinton up to?” you’re kinda late to the party. This war party has been going on for a long time, you’ve just been to blind to see. We’ve been on the job for years now with the answer (see below) to the question of the day for newbies.
Bu…bu…but… I don’t understand….wahhhhhhh
myiq2xu tweeted Comedy Gold!: I don’t understand” [Fair Warning: Link to article delivers you to Daily Kooks}
Interesting post and comments about the Wisconsin Recall
Today’s the day: Will Walker Walk? And a Sneaky Paycheck Fairness Act Game
This is an open thread.
A very important open thread.
What do you think will happen in Wisconsin recall vote?
The Wisconsin Governor’s recall vote is not the same as when California recalled Gray Davis. In California, all the voters had to do was vote to Ditch Him or Not Ditch Him.
What the California voters didn’t have to do was ponder whether or not Davis was the lessor or greater of two evils by choosing between him and an opponent. That makes this Wisconsin race distinctly different from the California recall vote– in a huge way.
By these standards alone, I believe Walker will prevail. It’s not personal. You know me. I call em like I see em.
There will be a Senate vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act today. The House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2009 when Democrats had the majority, and Harry Reid let the bill DIE in the Senate. The Paycheck Fairness Act would have been law today but for Harry Reid.
Let me repeat: The House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2009 and Harry Reid let it languish and die from the Senate from the Senate. The Paycheck Fairness Act would have been law today but for Harry Reid and/or whichever Democrats didn’t want to vote on it. It was a Democratic Senate, so what’s up with that?
111th Congress, 2009–2010
To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.
Introduced: Jan 06, 2009
Sponsor:Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT3]
Status:Died (Passed House)
This bill was re-introduced as H.R. 1519 on Apr 13, 2011. See H.R. 1519 for current action on this subject
Today, the House is blocking a vote, so Harry is just blowing smoke on this bill. He could have had a vote on the bill in 2009 but he let it DIE Then he brought it up in his 2010 campaign for his re-election– as if he gave a shit. If this fails tomorrow, I blame Harry Reid, because I see nothing but a closet sexist when I watch him work.
While we are made to BEG for Paycheck Fairness, we note that in 2011, 72% of all high school graduates were women. Women also outnumber men in college degrees by 20%. They also outnumber men in graduate and law diplomas. But of course, we are blocked like cattle from being 51% of Congress we are supposed to be, and you can bet the Paycheck Fairness Act will fail in the House, with Harry Reid pretending he tried. And of course, when it fails in the House, the Democrats can yell about War on Women, knowing fully well Harry Reid/Democrats blocked that bill from going to a vote in 2009. Our chances are gone now.”
Followed up by Lorac’s Wednesday post:
WE will survive – but will THEY?