The pay gap is real. The stories are real. And sharing these stories have never been more important than now during this health pandemic. Women make up the majority of essential workers who are on the front lines, working long hours, putting their lives and the lives of their family in harms way for the benefit of our communities. Sadly, many of these courageous women champions are not being paid fairly for the work that they do. Michigan women full-time workers age 16 and above are making 80 cents to every dollar a Michigan man makes. The economic consequences are huge and far reaching. It shows up in having less money for essentials like: food, rent, healthcare, education, car payment and insurance, daycare, utilities, savings for retirement and more.
We are so grateful to all of the women and men who sacrifice their health in this fight for the lives of our families and friends. And, when we finally emerge from the depths of this battle, we hope a transformation of thinking about women’s value will result in Michigan policymakers passing the package of equal pay bills that supports the economic security of Michigan working women. In the meantime, Michigan women let’s tell our stories.
Share your stories at the Michigan Equal Pay Day Coalition Facebook and Twitter pages, on the miequalpay.blog or on the MI Equal Pay Coalition Facebook and Twitter pages. #Women tell your stories. #Know your value # WomenRNotWorthless
Puerto’s Rico’s equal pay efforts received a significant boost earlier this month, thanks to regulations set to take effect March 14, 2020.
Puerto Rico’s Equal Pay Act, first enacted on March 8, 2017will now see new regulations to ensure employers are working to achieve gender equality. Under the new regulations, employers will be able to voluntarily enroll in a program where their pay practices and policies, along with their workforce makeup and salary information will be reviewed by an Equal Pay Committee to ensure compliance with Puerto Rico’s Equal Pay Act.
House and Senate bills aim to remedy pay parity weaknesses in Michigan Wednesday, May 22, 2019
LANSING — A coalition of Michigan House and Senate legislators led by state Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) and state Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), co-chairs of the Progressive Women’s Caucus task force for pay equality and economic security, introduced a plan today to guarantee pay equity for all residents of the state. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, policy interventions to ensure equal status for women are critical and necessary to eliminate the stark disparity in wages between men and women not set to end in Michigan until the year 2059. House Bills 4629-40 and Senate Bills 328-39 were introduced to close that significant pay gap. Read more
Discrimination against women in the work place is still extremely prevalent. Twelve women from Sterling Jewelers, the largest specialty retail jeweler in the United States, have come together to file a lawsuit against their employer for the gender discrimination they have suffered over the years. The women state that not only do women receive less pay than the men in the jewelry stores, but many also have reported cases of sexual harassment. If the class is certified, over 44,000 women will potentially be able to join the case and receive compensation for their treatment at work.
One woman said that she was examining the records at her store and found that a newly hired man with no experience was receiving $1.50 an hour more than the woman who was the top-seller. This caused her to further investigate and as she looked deeper she…
I work hard in my job. I always have. My work ethic is incredibly high and I strive to always do the best job I can and produce great results for my employer. Yet despite all of this I am still paid, on average, 13% less than a bloke for the same job. Women have been battling against gender discrimination in the workplace for decades with little improvement. Is this a fair deal? This modern feminist does not think so!
When discussing the Pay Equity issue with blokes their responses seem to follow fairly similar themes of “We work harder”, ‘Women are always taking time off to care for sick children” and my personal favourite “Women get to take maternity leave’! Hmmmph. Lets break this down shall we?
Blokes just because you have a penis does not mean that you work harder than women. In fact in my own experience I have seen…