Thursday, April 12, 2012

Women Are Not Worth Less

This great ad from the National Women's Law Center, is biting and to the point.
It should be a national disgrace that women are paid much less than men for the same work.  The fact that there has been any progress in gender wage parity has not been as a result of bipartisan co-operation.  Progress in equal pay for equal work, has been advanced in spite of republican opposition.  The very first bill President Obama signed into law in January of 2009 was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which almost every Republican voted against.   172 republicans in the house voted against this bill.   In the senate every republican except for Collins (R-Me), Murkowski (R-AK), Snowe (R-ME), Specter (R-PA) and Hutchison (R-TX)  voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  More appropriately, every single male republican senator voted against women receiving fair pay for the same work.  (Arlen Specter was a republican when he cast his vote for the bill, but later that year became a democrat.)

This republican mindset against equal pay for men and women is inexplicable.  This republican mindset is displayed by GOP Wisconsin State Senator Grothman, who ardently pushed for the revocation of his states, equal pay for equal work law, which Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed last week. 

GOP Wisconsin State Senator Grothman
“You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”

Jezebel gives Grothman an appropriate tar and feathering

National Women's Law Center
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1 comment:

  1. I don't know which sex to be more ashamed of! The men who think this way, or the women who are ok with these men representing them! I seriously cannot understand how an intelligent, self-respecting women could align herself with the Republican party today.