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by Drew Pearson, another community,
on Jul 8, 2014
Is this a legitimate complaint from someone who supports equal pay? Someone who understands that women make 70 cents for every dollar men make? Someone who supports the first bill signed by President Obama? (the Lilly Ledbetter fair pay law)
One notes the 3rd sentence in the link:
"according to data collected by the CONSERVATIVE consulting firm Target Point"
Yes. Valerie S. makes a valid observation.
Anyone sincerely interested in pay equity for women may be interested to read this from The White House Blog:
Equal pay for women has been a long fought battle. There are those who fight for it. There are those who fight to oppose it. As this article shows.
More facts regarding legislation and pay equity for women:
I am posting this because I resent trivializing such a serious subject by politicizing it as the Hunter Walker article does, in my opinion.
January 29, 2009 - Remarks of President Barack Obama on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act bill signing:
"It is fitting that with the very first bill I sign – the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act – we are upholding one of this nation’s first principles: that we are all created equal and each deserve a chance to pursue our own version of happiness.
It is also fitting that we are joined today by the woman after whom this bill is named – someone Michelle and I have had the privilege of getting to know for ourselves. Lilly Ledbetter didn’t set out to be a trailblazer or a household name. She was just a good hard worker who did her job – and did it well – for nearly two decades before discovering that for years, she was paid less than her male colleagues for the very same work. Over the course of her career, she lost more than $200,000 in salary, and even more in pension and Social Security benefits – losses she still feels today.
Now, Lilly could have accepted her lot and moved on. She could have decided that it wasn’t worth the hassle and harassment that would inevitably come with speaking up for what she deserved. But instead, she decided that there was a principle at stake, something worth fighting for. So she set out on a journey that would take more than ten years, take her all the way to the Supreme Court, and lead to this bill which will help others get the justice she was denied.
Because while this bill bears her name, Lilly knows this story isn’t just about her. It’s the story of women across this country still earning just 78 cents for every dollar men earn – women of color even less – which means that today, in the year 2009, countless women are still losing thousands of dollars in salary, income and retirement savings over the course of a lifetime.
But equal pay is by no means just a women’s issue – it’s a family issue. It’s about parents who find themselves with less money for tuition or child care; couples who wind up with less to retire on; households where, when one breadwinner is paid less than she deserves, that’s the difference between affording the mortgage – or not; between keeping the heat on, or paying the doctor’s bills – or not. And in this economy, when so many folks are already working harder for less and struggling to get by, the last thing they can afford is losing part of each month’s paycheck to simple discrimination. ... "
Your posting of this article is no "ExposÃ©".
Are you "new in town"? Ever heard of Gloria Steinem? NOW (National Orginization for Women) and all of the work they have done over several decades? Emily's List?
Equity pay for women is not a secret issue.
Nor are the salaries of White House staffers. They are published and easily accessible.
So why are you calling this an exposÃ©?
This is not new news.
So what's your point?
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