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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Why Do Women Earn Less Than Men? "GOP" Pundit.. "Women Are Too Busy...."; "Women Don't Negotiate Well!"

Since President Obama's inauguration on January 20th, 2009, pay inequity between men and women has closed ever so slightly. Upon taking office and signing his first piece of legislation (on January 21st), Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay Act, women earned $.59 to the male $1.00. Since, 2009 that gap has moved to women $.77 vs the male $1.00.  I think it safe to say, there would be little chance of chipping away at gender pay inequity if the GOP occupied the White House. 

Now, that we have established that reality, let's move into the central reason for this post.

The GOP continues to ignore important issues that reach the households of any family that has a working wife, daughter, grandmother, aunt or "siggy" other.  Thus, GOP indifference to issues of pay inequality has a direct impact on our very young: the children of those households. 

As you peruse the following Christian Science Monitor graphic Ronald Reagan's Trickle-down/Supply-side economics, contributed to obvious inequity as surely as it has contributed to income inequity and our very exclusive Top 1% (ers).

Despite a plethora of data indicting a persistent disparity, the GOP continues to fight like defending knights of armor for big business in serving as a moat around equity and fighting like dying heroes protecting the castle. 

Read more after the break below

MSNBC's Ronan Farrow.......(My specific interest is in the first three minutes of the segment; specifically GOP ignorance emanating from the mouths of women and Reince Priebus, RNC Chair.

I offer an excerpt from this TPI piece. We took the information for the Society of Human Resources Management web sight.

The Society of Human Resources Management June 13, 2013

The day the Equal Pay Act was signed into law, women earned, on average, 59 cents for every dollar a man earned. “Today it’s about 77 cents,” President Obama said on June 10, 2013, in the East Room of the White House. “So, it was 59 and now it’s 77 cents. It’s even less, by the way, if you’re an African-American or a Latina.” 
The president pressed for Congress to “step up and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, so women have better tools to fight for equal pay for equal work.” 
Occupational Segregation

The pay disparity is due, in part, to women continuing to fill lower-paying jobs because of “occupational segregation.”
The report listed the top 10 occupations women fill: 
Secretaries and administrative assistants.
Professional nurses.
Elementary- and middle-school teachers.
Retail salespersons.
Nursing, psychiatric and home health aides.
First-line supervisors and managers of retail salespersons.
Customer-service representatives.
Male-dominated professions requiring a high school diploma or a bachelor’s degree or higher continue to pay more than fields with a high concentration of women. 
For example, the three most common male-dominated jobs requiring a high school diploma—brick mason, tool and die maker, and plumber—provide average salaries of $45,410, $39,910 and $46,660, respectively.

By contrast, the top three female-dominated jobs requiring a high school diploma—secretary, child care worker and hairdresser—offer average salaries of $34,660, $19,300 and $22,500, respectively. 
Occupations are segregated by gender in professions requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher, the report added, and the male-dominated jobs are paid more. 
The three most common male-dominated jobs requiring a higher-education degree—mechanical engineer, computer-control programmer and operator, and aerospace engineer—provide average salaries of $78,160, $71,380 and $97,480, respectively. 
The top female-dominated professions requiring a higher-education degree—speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist and dietitian—provide average salaries of $66,920, $72,320 and $53,250, respectively. 
Read more linked above 

After viewing the Farrow segment, our need to keyboard on this topic ends. The GOP is absolutely lost.

Why is this even an issue?

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