In 2016, for every dollar a man makes, a White woman makes 79 cents, a Black woman makes 60 cents, and a Latino woman makes only 55 cents. In 2015, Equal Pay Day fell on Apr. 14. A woman made 78 cents for every dollar a man made on that date. In comparison to 2015, women are only earning 1 cent more.
What measures have to be taken to end the gender pay gap in our nation?
In a nation that is said to be constantly advancing and becoming more racially, ethnically and sexually accepting with each given year, the ideology that women don’t deserve the same access or benefits in life as a man does has struggled to advance with the rest of our society.
The norms of women that were founded at the same time as the ancient Greek myths are still prevalent today. The idea of “personal law”, being the expectation of women to handle the familial, domestic, and reproductive side of life has been the main focus of cultures since the beginning. Society has advanced for women since those times, the images of the domestic “housewife” still remain.
Moving forward, the question remains, how can our nation attempt to close the pay gap between genders for good?
Studies have shown that women need to be placed into positions of power within companies. Women offer different perspectives and ideas into a male dominated workforce, often bringing up new and valid topics that could potentially yield great progress for companies.
“Women’s pressure to raise the family, especially in the 50’s, inhibited them from entering full-time into the workplace and today we must open up more opportunity to women in companies where the hegemony of males as the only CEO’s and executives are present,” said University of Denver freshman, Tyler Payson. “We need to go back and educate men and women equally from the beginning.”
Women are capable of succeeding in the same positions that men are placed into, but few women are given that chance to prove themselves. Political theorist, John Stuart Mill brought up the point that there is no way women can be determined inferior if they haven’t been given a fair chance.
President Obama delivered a speech at a press conference on Equal Pay Day to discuss the inequality in pay among genders and races. President Obama went on to say, “If we truly value fairness, then America should be a level playing field where everyone who works hard gets a chance to succeed, and that’s good for America because we don’t want some of our best players on the sidelines.”