Newsletter Newsletter #3 May24, 2013
…ON THE ROAD TO THE MIAMI SYMPOSIUM 2013…
In our last issue we addressed the sexual assault in the military. Many new cases have emerged and the controversy continues to grow. This time we move forward to another complex topic: payment inequality between men and women.
The most concerning part of this is that this issue was addressed nearly 60 years ago by the National War Labor Board during World War II, and the organization
Despite all of these efforts, the fight for equal pay is still going on in 2013!
Recently, a bill called The Fair Pay Act, was designed “to make challenging unequal pay easier for women.” This was the first law Obama signed into office as president.However, “Republicans have blocked attempts to move the Paycheck Fairness Act in both the Senate and House, with GOP leaders speaking out in opposition of the bill.” You could read more about this at women-still-earn-less-than-men
The journalist Rachel Maddow dedicated almost 15 minutes of one her shows addressing this problem. She “used statistics from the Department of Labor that demonstrated that men earn more money than women for doing the exact same work.” Maddow said, "If you aggregate everybody working in the economy in every job, women get paid 77 cents for every dollar that men get paid. For the same work, dudes get paid more." Don’t miss this clip Men get paid more!
As the analysts Ann Garcia and Patrick Oakford well suggest, the wage gap is so consistent across all the possible scenarios throughout the United States that it “persists and is even more pronounced in the immigrant community: An immigrant woman who is naturalized earns just 75 cents to a naturalized man’s dollar. And undocumented immigrant women from Mexico are even more disadvantaged, earning only 71 cents for every dollar that undocumented men from Mexico earn.”
Don’t miss the next issue: We’ll discuss marriage equality, highlighting why it could be important to note that women are more affected than men by marriage inequality. For example, “in California, 65 percent of ‘legally registered same-sex couples’ are female pairs.” ( women-more-affected-than-men-
President Obama appoints Julia Pierson as the new head of the Secret Service, making her the first woman to lead the agency! And there’s more: “Mr. Obama has also installed women as directors of the Marshals Service and of the Drug Enforcement Administration, but the Secret Service has a unique visibility.” Obama-appoints-women-to-lead-