We need more than just acts that make companies pay equal wages to their employees. We need pay equity that spans across industries and careers. Janitors vs Maids - two different industries, two different pay scales, both are gendered.
When industries get flooded with women, or become “pink collar” jobs - the pay rate of the entire career goes down. When careers get coded as “ghetto” or when the work force is deemed less valuable as a whole… the entire field goes down.
This goes deeper than paycheck fairness. Making sure businesses on Fifth Avenue pays all their employees the same is great - but the breadwinners of the family that are concentrated in dead-end minimum wage jobs that treat them like crap aren’t going to see many improvements.
and while we’re sitting here trying to place value on which ism is more pervasive in society lets take a look at this graphic on pay equity. Note that the “women make 75 cents to every mans dollar” factoid that everyone quotes all the time - this is actually the statistic for white men in comparison to white women ONLY. As a whole, white women earn more than all men of color. Women of color, as you can imagine, are at the bottom, while hispanic men actually earn less then black women.\
So can we stop trying to simplify this “well sexism is such a bigger, more ignorerd problem” when one of the main examples used to highlight sexism (the 75cents to a dollars statistic) literally leaves out every single person of color - male or female - and acts as though we don’t even exist.
Our Nation’s workforce includes more women than ever before. In households across the country, many women are the sole breadwinner, or share this role equally with their partner. However, wage discrimination still exists. Nearly half of all working Americans are women, yet they earn only about 80 cents for every dollar men earn. This gap increases among minority women and those with disabilities.
Pay inequity is not just an issue for women; American families, communities, and our entire economy suffer as a result of this disparity. We are still recovering from our economic crisis, and many hardworking Americans are still feeling its effects. Too many families are struggling to pay their bills or put food on the table, and this challenge should not be exacerbated by discrimination.
something i found on Sociological Images:
Women are now outperforming men in terms of educational attainment, earning the majority of bachelor’s degrees, though notice the number of degrees in engineering/computer science earned by women hasn’t increased since 1998:
However, women still make less than men at each level of educational attainment: