Happy Equal Pay Day, everyone! From my daughter and me...
According to 2015 statistics from the US Census Bureau, the (Caucasian) female-to-male earnings ratio was 0.80, and significantly less than that for Hispanic and African-American women.
Eighty cents or less for every dollar a man makes. Let that sink in.
According to the US Census Bureau, this is the date that symbolizes the point in the year when working women’s wages, on average, catch up to what men made the previous year.
Despite these gender and racial disparities in pay, the Trump Administration announced last fall it was blocking equal pay data collection.
No data collection equals no statistics available. Or so the Administration hopes. However, I believe in what Luke 12:3 says about hiding things:
"That which is done in the dark will come to light."
In my opinion, if no federal resources exist, the data will be gathered through independent sources, local employment boards, and women's organizations.
Then, over the weekend, NBC News ran a feature announcing further setbacks for women in the workplace. On March 27, President Trump revoked the Obama-era Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order:
2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order ensures that companies with federal contracts comply with 14 labor and civil rights laws.
As NBC News stated, The Fair Pay order was put in place after a 2010 Government Accountability Office investigation showed that companies with rampant violations were being awarded millions in federal contracts.
I know the struggle. And the lack of fairness continues to enrage me.
At one time, my salary, over two jobs, fluctuated between $55,000-$59,000.
I looked it up on Glassdoor. Someone in just one of my comparable positions should be making around $65,000, minimum. I was making $21,000 less at the time.
I know that's not the least anyone has made and survived. But l found l was frequently just above the federal poverty limits for assistance with utilities and other expenses.
At one point, l was the sole support in my household. Whatever I could bring in was what we lived on, as someone l loved battled personal demons and was unable to help make ends meet, as he once had.
Somehow, l had to cover a mortgage, food, care of a dog, health care, insurance, transportation, and gas.
Had l made pay equal to men, my life would've been more than a little easier.
What can we do? We CAN'T let the Trump Administration continue its attacks on women, and roll back workplace protections for women.
I'm fairly certain that Trump supporters will try to say that paying equal wages will mean fewer jobs, or something akin to that. Jobs, however, seem to be booming. At least the President says so.
I am joining my friends at Brigade to insist that Congress must step in and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 819, H.R. 1869), a bill that would help secure equal pay for equal work for all Americans.