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Women make up more than half the population of the United States, about 51%. We women are 55% of college students and we take more degrees than men. About 44 million of us between the ages of 15 and 50 have children, but only 5 million or so are stay-at-home moms. That’s because we go out to work: this year 74.6 million of us over age 16 make up almost half (47%) of the labor force. Forty percent of us work in fields thought to be ours by tradition: we are 90% of nurses, 93% of dental assistants, and 97% of preschool and kindergarten teachers. But we are also more than half of the nation’s pharmacists, a third of its physicians and surgeons, a third of its lawyers and judges, and a quarter of its computer programmers. We are the majority owners of 38% of U.S. businesses, employing millions and annually generating revenue in the trillions of dollars.

But here’s a problem: as workers, we don’t get fairly paid. For every dollar a man earns, we average about 79 cents. These days, young women may get closer to 90 cents, but by age 35, if not before, they hit a wall; for older women, the wage gap only widens. Due to that gap, the average full-time working woman over the course of 40 years will be cheated out of $418,800; she would have to work 10 more years to make up the difference. If she’s black, she will be shorted $840,040 and need to work 23 more years. If she’s Latina, she will lose $1,043,800 and need to work another 34 years. Then there’s the special case of the financial and insurance industry: there, women make only 60 cents to a man’s dollar. All this despite the fact that Congress passed an Equal Pay Act more than 50 years ago. In addition, most of us run into a low-hanging ceiling. Take K-12 education, for example. Women are 76% of its teachers, 52% of its principals, but far less than a quarter of its superintendents. Similarly, women are 73% of medical and health care managers but only 4% of health care CEOs.

You’d think we women could turn for justice to our political representatives, but they’re in short supply. In many of the world’s parliaments, between 40% and 63% of the members are female, while in the U.S. that number hovers at about 19%. And it’s a peculiarity of our Congress that congressmen feel entitled to interrupt, rebuke, and silence our congresswomen. (Think of Senator Richard Burr lecturing Senator Kamala Harris, or Republican Majority leader Mitch McConnell officially silencing Senator Elizabeth Warren.) Then, of course, there’s our demented president tweeting a doctored video of his big, fat self driving a golf ball to knock Hillary Clinton to the ground, a clear incitement of his woman-hating fans to violence against the first woman to be nominated by a major party for the presidency. (Lock him up!) And this long after 70 other countries around the world have been led by women, just as 20 are today, including our allies Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Switzerland, and Estonia.

Living in such a backward, misogynistic, and violent country as the United States can make strange things happen inside women’s heads, as TomDispatch regular Mattea Kramer explains. That’s what gender discrimination is meant to do. But at long last it made Hillary Clinton rightfully angry. It makes me angry, too. How about you?

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Feminism 
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  1. Tell you what, when the number of women who die or are seriously injured in the work place is equal to the number of men who do so, we can start talking about equal pay.

    The men-women pay differential has been debunked so often, I’m kind of surprised some women take it seriously.

  2. As Ms Kramer noted in her piece, men are just susceptible to inferiority complex as women. Nevertheless, you, in the best traditions of bullshit liberalism and identity chauvinism, proceed to portray women as victims. Gender discrimination is against the law, what else do you want?

  3. If you don’t favor whomever you are working for, or whatever they are paying you, quit!

    Start your own business and pay yourself what you claim you deserve.

    If it doesn’t work out and your business fails, maybe you are not as worthy and productive as you believe yourself to be.

    Stop complaining about how other people run their business.

    Run your own business, get your hand out of the taxpayers pocket, obey the laws, pull your own load, and quit screeching about your phony victimhood.

    Men die earlier than women because they do all of the dangerous and heavy lifting jobs.

    Be thankful for what you already have, most of which is unconstitutional:


    1. Affirmative Action for women
    2. Generous 8A government set-aside business contracts for female owned businesses
    3. No required military service or selective service for women
    4. Government anti-discrimination laws for women
    5. Title VII and Title IX laws for women
    6. Rape shield laws protect female liars in court
    7. Generous government benefits for single mothers
    8. Men get frequently screwed in child custody cases
    9. Taxpayer financed Abortion on Demand
    10. Government sponsored homeless and rehab shelters for women
    11. All health insurance policies require universal coverage for female-specific problems
    12. Ridiculous feminist gender studies, speech codes, micro aggression nonsense, and rape hysteria institutionalized in public colleges and universities and government offices
    13. National Women’s history month
    14. Federal sexual harassment laws for women
    15. Federal Violence against Women Laws
    16. Most cushy government jobs employ women
    17. Equal Pay Act of 1963 for women
    18. Lowered physical standards by law for female policemen, firemen, soldier, and professional sports
    19. Female-only institutions allowed by law, male-only institutions outlawed
    20. Battered woman defense allowed in first degree murder court cases
    21. Hate speech crime laws protecting women and other federal protected class groups
    22. Feminist majority interoperate with federal diversity schemers
    23. Men pay 96% of all alimony, women pay 4%
    24. Paycheck Fairness Act
    25. Paid family and maternity leave for women
    26. Single Payer Health Insurance for Women and Children
    27. Living Wage for women
    28. Enhanced Social Security benefits for women with children
    29. Federal Health Insurance for illegal alien women
    30. Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood
    31. Mandatory universal health insurance plan coverage for women’s issues, including affordable contraception, preventive care, child care, and safe and legal abortion
    32. Foreign wars and intrigues to promote feminist entitlements across the globe
    33. Special federal and state monitoring and enforcement of laws prohibiting violence against women
    34. Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
    35. 98% of homeless are men
    36. Females often receive a slap on wrist for abusing children, men instead receive harsh sentences.
    37. Public colleges infringe speech that offends feminist idiots.

  4. Working class women often avoid the dirty, dangerous and unpleasant work that gives working class men a pay boost. This is clearly reflected in data on work-related injuries and deaths when broken down by sex. Some of this avoidance is because women just don’t have the strength and endurance to do the jobs in question. I’ve personally seen both in my life, e.g., a woman who thought working on a lobster boat would be a cool way to make big bucks, until the first high seas sent her into hysterics and a below decks berth until we docked, or the woman who dropped out of a county linemen’s crew because she literally could not pull her weight. There are exceptions but they are rare.

    Upper class women all too often refuse to put in the hours required to, e.g., make senior partner in a white shoe law firm. They leave work to raise a family. They aren’t interested in getting or lack the aptitude to get the engineering, math, and other degrees that lead to high income employment. All this is well documented.

    “Think of Senator Richard Burr lecturing Senator Kamala Harris, or Republican Majority leader Mitch McConnell officially silencing Senator Elizabeth Warren.”

    In both cases, these ignorant or self-centered or self-promoting females were violating standard parliamentary rules. They deserved to be rebuked and censored. Putting the kindest spin on these women’s conduct, that they were acting in ignorance, they at least deserve to be educated in proper conduct by their more knowledgeable and competent male colleagues. Or perhaps the Ms’s Jones and Kramer envision a new “chivalry” where men are compelled to stand by while women break any rule or law they wish.

  5. “When a voice tells you you will never be enough”

    you should listen.

    It may be your better nature calling you back to your true Self.

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