It was Friday, March 8, 2019
Like many special days, the essence of this one is for every day. That’s my excuse for being a week late posting this.
Did you know that President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963, requiring that women be paid the same as men? He did! But it applied only to minimum wage jobs. Above the minimum wage, women would continue being paid 60% of men’s pay rates.
Today, fifty-six years later, well, keep your chin up, I suppose. Now it’s way up to 80%! Just think: at this rate, it will take only until 2075 to get pay equality.
You never know … maybe by then we’ll have a female president, too! A Latina! Alright, alright, one century-long step at a time.
There’s an explanation of the pay balance situation at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, which begins with this excerpt:
Women are almost half of the workforce. They are the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with children. They receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. In 2017, female full-time, year-round workers made only 80.5 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent.
Women, on average, earn less than men in nearly every single occupation for which there is sufficient earnings data for both men and women to calculate an earnings ratio. In middle-skill occupations, workers in jobs mainly done by women earn only 66 percent of workers in jobs mainly done by men. IWPR’s report on sex and race discrimination in the workplace shows that outright discrimination in pay, hiring, or promotions continues to be a significant feature of working life.
There must be thousands of videos on the web about International Women’s Day. I looked at a few dozen. Many were terrific. It was a good way to contemplate the day’s meaning.
Can you guess any of the five reasons why I chose this eight-minute video to post as a celebration of IWD 2019? Or would you like to post a comment on what you like about it?