This post isn’t about Democrats or Republicans. This post is about human beings. Believe whatever you like in terms of economics or whether war is good or bad or when a baby becomes a baby–it doesn’t quite matter to me, but when you tell me that I’m not good enough because I am a woman, then we have a problem. The United States Senate just voted to close debate on a bill that had the potential to close the wage gap between men and women. In doing so, the Senate told me, as a voting American citizen, that I am not as good as a man; that I do not deserve the same pay a man does.
The plight is even worse for my fellow women who aren’t white. While I, as a woman, have the potential to make up to 77 cents for every dollar a man does, my African-American and Latina sisters only earn 61 cents and 52 cents, respectively (source). So at least there’s that.
Look, I don’t care about political parties and I don’t care about whether the Senators who voted no were men or women (though I am curious). All I want to know is why they decided against further debate and pushed this Act off the table.
I understand that politics are a complex business, and I understand that there are parts of this legislation that don’t directly involve equal pay, such as pay transparency (which would ostensibly allow people to see when they are being discriminated against, but I understand the hesitation to retract pay secrecy).
What I don’t understand is that in 2010 we are still arguing about this. Women have had the right to vote for 90 years. More to the point, it has been 47 years since the passing of the Equal Pay Act. An Act that clearly hasn’t taken hold, or else women of all ethnicities would be making the same amount of money for doing the same job.
I just… don’t understand.
(for a factual, unbiased look at the breakdown of the votes for this Act, check out GovTrack.us)