Equal Pay for Equal Work

1986 Words Oct 29th, 2012 8 Pages
Equal Pay for Equal Work For years, women have been fighting for equality in everything that they do. If one takes a close look at the issues surrounding the differences between men's and women's roles in the workforce, one will notice that women tend to be one step below on the “status” or “importance” ladder. In American society, the woman has always been viewed traditionally in the role she should play in the home; that she is the “homemaker” or “caretaker”. Even when women break from the stereotype of “housewife” and join the workforce, they still are not given an equal opportunity at acquiring a job that is seen to be as advancing or of garnering higher recognition. Women deserve the same pay for the same work performed by their …show more content…
In 2005, women averaged $135 less per week then men, which equates to men averaging $1.85 more per hour than their equal female counterparts (USDL, “Employment Status of Women and Men in 2005” 2). In 2008, women averaged $160 less per week than men, which is $8,320 less annually (USDL, “Women's-to-Men's Earning Ration, 1979-2008” 1). A study conducted by PRWeek showed that, “in 2000, men working on salary wage made 28 percent more than women doing the same job” (qtd. in Wrigley 28). Women working in public relations jobs are making $23,000 less annually than the equal male counterparts (Wrigley 28). For years women have been fighting for equality and for the same pay for the same work as men; there are many arguments as to why people feel women are not as equal as men in the workplace. Some feel women choose to make less than men, that there is nothing wrong with a woman making less money than a man who is performing the same task. Many believe attendance affects pay while others believe women tend to take professions that do not risk their lives and that are less physically demanding (Fisanick, Feminism 131). There are many women out there who despite the gender differences are risking their lives with jobs that are just as physically demanding as jobs that men are doing, despite their physical size. A woman's skeleton may be 10 to 15 percent smaller than a man's skeleton; studies have shown that there is truly little difference. The mental and

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