President Obama highlighted the gender gap in pay rates, bringing up the fact that women make, on average, 77 cents to every dollar a man makes. The president stated that this was an “embarrassment in America.” As the old adage goes, people who live in glass houses–or is it White Houses?
Apparently, the White House staff is no exception to the gender trends, as female White House staff members make 88 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. What it boils down to is yet another pissing contest between the left and right. Republicans are eager to paint the Democrats and the current administration in a negative light, while Democrats are after the same thing where Republicans are concerned. Sadly, those who really lose in this particularly grueling battle are the women.
We can debate and try to explain any societal issue until the inequality makes perfect sense. According to the New York Times:
“Women still tend to have lower pay grades than men do, because the men, on average, have more years of experience.”
Well, yeah, I guess that’s true, because until WWII, women remained inside the kitchen, casually popping Quaaludes and tending to their husband’s needs. So, yes, it does stand to reason that men have more years of experience on the whole, because they were never marginalized.
It’s like when you respond to an ad for help needed at a coffee shop, but the small print demands barista experience. Right, okay, so I’m trying to be a barista, but you won’t let me be one because I’ve never been one before? It’s the whole “you need credit to build credit” argument. Well, shit.
I guess the point remains that any attention drawn to wage equality is positive, especially since there are people in the country who are completely oblivious to the fact that there is a gap in pay rates. But, the focus should remain on those who are really losing here: the women working their asses off for less pay, even though they do the same work for less recognition. Go home, politicians, you’re drunk.
[via The New York Times]