I want to share with you my concerns as a worker in this fast growing state on the issue of unfair pay and job opportunities for women. Since the past 50 years women have been entering the workforce in huge numbers. Although the Equal Pay Act of 1963, 29 U.S.C.s. 206(d) has been in existence it has done little since women are still being paid less than men for equal work.1 The unfair pay seems to stem out from the traditional stereotype of an inferior woman. Those stereotypes are unfounded has women have proven to be as quite productive in their jobs as men. Therefore, a disparity of pay is an actual injustice towards women.2
However, there are those who are in opposition of the equal pay for equal work on women and men. They argument is that the law requires employers to submit records that indicate pay disparities are not gender related and allow workers to discuss their wages. This situation would discourage employers from hiring women fearing various law suits associated with the law. Hence, the overall purpose of the bill would be hurting than beneficial. Though they have sound arguments, they are wrong, we need to focus on the overall benefits to future generations.
It is in everyone’s desire to get paid as he or she as per the job requirements and not unfairly paid due to one’s gender. The tough economic times experienced now as a result of financial crisis necessitates women to be also paid fairly. The low pay affects women heavily as they face difficult times to fend for their families especially single mothers. A fair pay would see a 50% considerable reduction of poverty levels for single mothers.3 Thus would increase their ability to provide for their families in terms of child care, food and education. The bill would also ensure the financial retirement security for women. Since the unjust system negatively affects women at time of retire or when they fall sick, and have no alternate financial backing available