The Pros And Cons Of Equal Pay

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Throughout history, men have dominated in all cultures. Today, women make up almost half of the workforce, yet they get paid less than men. This needs to change. It is unconstitutional not pay women equally. Women receive the same amount of education as men do. Women deserve equal opportunities for equal work.
The debate of gender-based wage imbalance, commonly referred to as the wage gap, has been the subject of large debates; “Congress first addressed the issue more than four decades ago in the Equal Pay Act of 1963, mandating an ‘equal pay for equal work’ standard, and addressed it again the following year in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act” (Pay 3-32). On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act
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For the fourth time in several years, Congress has voted for another act that has helped women.This is the Paycheck Fairness Act. Introduced in each of the last several congressional sessions, “the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R.577IS. 84 in the 113* Congress) would increase penalty for employers who pay different wages to men and women for "equal work", and would add programs for training, research, technical assistance, and pay equity employer recognition awards” (Pay 3-32). Even though equal pay is legislated, there are still ways that employers find to unequally pay women. In some cases, employers make “assumptions that women might not perform to the same level as men do and therefore will be offered less pay or lower paid work” (Mckeon 25). This is wrong and should not be allowed because women over time have proven that they can compete at the same level as …show more content…
These arguments are simply false, “women work as long as men, according to the UN’s The World’s Women 2015 report, which found women spend an average of 30 minutes a day longer than men on paid and unpaid work in developed countries and 50 minutes longer in developing countries” (Hutt). Women aren’t always taking time off from work, “in fact even among women with children under the age of one, almost 60% of them work either full or part-time” (Almeida). Women are not just working for a second income for their family, “since 1960, there has been a substantial increase in the number of families maintained solely by women” (Almeida). Because employers believe these stereotypes, women are often overlooked for job promotions more than men. Women’s promotion rates are about “34 to 47 percent lower than men’s promotion rates” (Covert). Men are more likely to be promoted if they are fathers, but if a woman has kids, that puts a negative effect on her. The 2000 census was analyzed by Amanda K. Baumle, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston, found that “only gay women get a salary bump for having kids; in fact gay women’s earnings advantage from parenthood is even greater than men’s. Baumle’s theory: In employers stereotypical view gay women maintain a work trajectory after having

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