Essay on Wage Discrimination against Women

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The Women’s Equal Rights Movement has made dramatic progress in the last one hundred years. As a result, a woman can now vote, choose almost any career, and defend her human right to happiness. But, in spite of the progress made in the area of equal rights, wage problems in the workplace still exist which deny women equal pay for equal work.


Women are closing the gender gap in workplace and higher education. They are starting to climb the corporate ladder and are moving into managerial positions. Forty-three percent of managers are women today as opposed to the nineteen percent who were managers in 1970 ("Almost, But Not Quite, Equal" 1). Women are also receiving a higher level of education. They earned
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Also, despite the growing number of women managers, only 5% are senior managers in the top 2,000 companies (Clark 173). Joseph N. Hankin is the President of Westchester Community College, which is a college committed to training working women to re-enter the workforce in new careers or in their own business. He comments that "on a scale of 1 to 10, we [society] are a three" (114). There is a concern that the percent of women’s wages to men’s wages is falling again.


The American Government has considered only limited laws concerning equal pay for equal work. The Equal Opportunity Act of 1996 has a section, 4c, which could be interpreted in such a way as to deny jobs to women instead of giving equal opportunity to them. At a glance, this bill seems beneficial. When Charles Canady, a representative from Florida, was asked what he thought of this bill, he replied, "It embraces the principle of nondiscrimination." He also stated, "This bill would prohibit granting anyone special preference on the basis of race or gender" (qtd. in "Equal Opportunity?" 92). However, the wording in this bill could be twisted to hurt women instead of help women. The first section states, "Sex is a bona fide occupational qualification reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the entity subject to the classification" (Equal…" 92). Nancy Zirkin, director of government relations for American Association of