Gender beat story
Women have come a long way in this country, beginning at the start of the 20th century. Since the passing and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920 gave women the right to vote, they’ve made tremendous strides culturally, societally and in government. Many of our most respected authors, scholars, scientists and businesspeople, both historically and today, have been women. Since 1917 there have been 313 female Members of Congress. And 2016 marks the first time a women was chosen as the presidential nominee for one of our two major political parties, when Hillary Clinton had a legitimate shot at becoming our first female president.
But despite the progress women have made in so many fields, one particular subject is still a sore spot in the struggle for gender equality; the issue of wage disparity and gender discrimination in the workplace.
Unequal Pay for Equal Work
While it’s true that that women have made marked progress in the working world, all signs still point to the fact that women and men are treated and compensated differently for the same amount of work.
A recent study by the United States Department of Labor reveals some interesting statistics about women’s role and compensation in the labor force.
According to this study, women make up nearly half of the workforce in America at 47 percent. And women now have a presence in every major occupational group, including construction and maintenance.
But a closer look at the data shows some of the hidden disparities between men and women within their job fields.
Women comprise 57 percent of the workforce in the professional and service industries today, both fields with a higher level of female participation than average. But women in these industries are relegated mostly to lower paying, more menial jobs that men are.
For example in the service industry women hold 62 percent of the food preparation and service jobs, compared to only 12 percent of women who work in law enforcement and police jobs. And many people do not realize that these female officers only make 71 cents on the dollar of what men make, despite taking an equal risk to their safety and health as their male counterparts.
Discrimination at the Highest Level
Even in government, where women have made some of their biggest strides, women are subjected to unfair gender discrimination and speculation.
Just ask Mrs. Clinton, who had her choice of outfit and physical appearance scrutinized by political analysts at every turn, unlike her male counterparts. And Clinton’s opponent Donald Trump constantly implied that she did not have the mental toughness or stamina to be president, despite the fact that Clinton has served over 30 years in national government while Trump has never held political office.
Gender discrimination and wage disparity are still very real threats to women’s advances in the working world, though there has been progress. The glass ceiling that prevents women from ascending too high has been moving steadily higher, as more women reach positions in the upper echelon of business and government.
But change does not come quickly or easily. It took years of work and sacrifice for women to rise to where they are now, and it will take still more years and more work for them to rise higher. It may take time, but we will see a day where women and men are compensated equally and given the same opportunities.
The Many Moods of Ben Benjamin Vol. 1
℗ 2007 Ghostly International
Released on: 2007-12-17
Producer: Benjamin Mullins
Composer: Benjamin Mullins
Lyricist: Benjamin Mullins Music
Publisher: The Ghostly International Company