Republicans are sticking to their guns on this one. Let’s try to understand exactly what is meant when politicians say “equal pay for equal work.”
Let’s say there are two truck drivers, a male and a female. The both start at the same point, let’s call that point… point A. They drive the same road carrying the same merchandise to point B in another state. When the two drivers arrive at point B, the male truck driver gets paid $10.00 for driving his truck, and the female driver gets $7.77. So two people driving the same vehicle along the same route going the same distance, gets paid differently base on their gender. Males get more, females fall back.
How is this right?
It’s not. But today in Congress, Republicans blocked a bill that would have allowed hard-working women the opportunity to get equal pay for the equal work they’re doing every day. These women are in the workforce, doing the same work that men do, but Republicans are united in their effort to keep women’s paychecks in second class status.
After the bill failed in the Senate, President Obama expressed his frustrations with Republicans, saying “...it is incredibly disappointing that in this make or break moment for the middle class, Senate Republicans put partisan politics ahead of American women and their families.”
And the Republican leader Mitt Romney? What did he have to say about women getting equal pay for equal work? Well, we’re still waiting. Mr. Romney was given many opportunity to respond to reporters’ questions about where he stood on women getting equal pay for the work they’re doing, but still, Romney stay quiet. “We’ll get back to you on that,” was the response from Romney’s Campaign manager.
We can only hope the women of America are listening. Republicans have been on a constant war against women’s rights, women’s health and women’s economic needs. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum – from far-left Democrat to far-right Republican – denying hardworking women a fair pay for them doing the very same work a man is doing is wrong. And voting for a Republican who is determined to keep women as second class citizens, is also wrong!