For a couple days on the news, there was discussion about a report that had come out talking about how long it would take women to earn the wage a man does in a similar position. InColorado, women earn 79 cents for every dollar that a man makes. There are Equal Pay laws that should prevent that, but apparently there are loopholes that companies are taking advantage of. So with the outrage over women not getting paid as much as men, I wonder, how do we assert change? It’s easy to sit in an office, or type on the internet expounding what needs to change, but it’s another thing to do it. But really what I want to understand is why it still exists as a mindset. Why is it still so difficult to see women as equals? It seems to me that the majority of people agree that in a marriage, the couple should be equal, so if they can be equal in marriage, why is it difficult to make it equal in the workplace?
I didn’t grow up in the 40s or 50s when it’s portrayed that women stay home and take care of the house and children, and men go to work, so I don’t know what that’s like, but I know that during the two World Wars, women had to go to work, and they were capable. The fact that many men, who went to war overseas, came back and married a younger woman because all the women their age were independent, is a testament to the fact that women could perform “manly” tasks. So if those women proved they could do it, how did things roll back to women could only be housewives?
I want to stop and mention that I’m just throwing thoughts out of my head. I understand that this really isn’t what has happened, but sometimes it feels like it, and when I’m stuck with one view, I welcome someone else coming along and pointing out other ways to see it. So lets have a conversation. Why, in 2012, are women still making less than men?