Obama Speaks Out for Female Fair Pay
President Obama says he's fed up with salary sexism, and he's going to do all he can to stop it, including trying to pass legislation that would make wage discrimination against women illegal. Specifically, he's fighting for reforms in the , which didn't get sufficient support to pass in the Senate last fall. Fairness Act
He's taking advantage of March being National Women's History Month, to bring the issue to light again. "Today, women still earn on average only about 75 cents for every dollar a man earns. That's a huge discrepancy," he observed in his weekly radio address.
In the address, President Obama cited findings from a government report released last week entitled Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being, from the White House Council on Women and Girls. Among the findings were statistics on how there's a greater likelihood that women in the United States, rather than men, will live in poverty and on how there's a lack of women in certain fields like math and engineering.
According to the study, "Women [are] still concentrated in lower-paying and traditionally female occupations." And, "Because women earn less and because two-earner households have higher earnings, families headed by women have far less income than do married-couple families."
The president also mentioned that while the study found that women are no more likely than men to attend and graduate from college, "We have to work even harder to close the gaps that still exist, and to uphold that simple American ideal: We are all equal and deserving of the chance to pursue our own version of happiness."
Hopefully these initiatives will take us one step closer to fair pay for all female workers.
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