Tuesday, April 24, 2007

80, but not 100.

I am often approached once folks get word that I am a feminist. They usually ask why it is important to have feminists around, even though the Civil Rights movement, which helped to bring more equality (at least to the legal side of the country), was fought for over three decades ago.

Like those who oppose affirmative action because they for some reason believe that there is no such thing as white privilege; us feminists have to continue to fight sexual discrimination – despite the general perceptions.

Here is why.

A report was released yesterday by the American Association of University Women, in which it stated that women in their first year of working post 4-year education earn only 80 percent of their male counterparts; even if both sexes work in the same career field.

And, unfortunately, the gap widens as the years progress. According to the report, a decade after women graduate from college, they earn only 69 percent of what men make in the same job.

Many may ask then: But isn’t that because most women take leave time for being a parent?

“Even after controlling for hours, occupation, parenthood, and other factors known to affect earnings, the research indicates that one-quarter of the pay gap remains unexplained and is likely due to sex discrimination,” the report stated.

More, because men continue to climb the ladder, and obtain higher paying, and more authoritative positions, the perpetuation continues.

Ladies (and gentlemen), we must fight the good fight. We deserve equality. Make sure to question the pay scales in your work place…the only way to have change is to make it.