Today, April 8, is Equal Pay Day. It marks how far into 2014 the average white woman in the United States must work to make the same amount of money that the average white man in the United States made in 2013. Equal Pay Day is 98 days into the year. (Yes, you read that right.)
In 2014 women still get paid considerably less than their male counterparts performing the same or substantially equal work. It is embarrassing that the wage gap hasn’t been adequately addressed in the half-century since the Equal Pay Act was passed.
I’ve always liked the saying, “Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History.” It’s been in my mind as we observe Women’s History Month during the month of March.
The White House has confirmed that President Obama won’t include the “chained CPI” (a formula for reducing cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security benefits) in his 2015 budget. This is a huge relief for women over 75, people with disabilities, and military veterans, in other words some of the most vulnerable among us.
The carefully crafted Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) S.1752, introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), would remove the power to decide whether to try sexual assault cases from the military chain of command and put it into the hands of an independent military prosecutor.
Just as the people protesting outside have a right to their free speech, the people entering the facility have a right to refuse to listen to that speech and not have it pressed upon them.
They assume that women’s groups won’t care if Stand Your Ground endangers African-Americans, as long as women are thrown a bone.
To this day, we remember the blood they spilled, the prison sentences they endured, and the victories they achieved.
On Black Friday, you wait in line. On Cyber Monday, you buy all the things you wanted on Black Friday, but the line was just too long. But the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (December 2) — Giving Tuesday — is about giving back to the community.
We owe it to our military personnel — here at home and abroad — to provide an environment free from the threat of sexual assault. They need to know that we have their backs. It’s the least we can do for those willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for us.
Without the votes of women, the only people ever to be elected President of the United States would be white, middle aged men.