women's earnings

Dr, Sarah Loguen Fraser by Susan Keeter

Sarah Marinda Loguen Fraser (29 January 1850-9 April 1933) was born to a former slave turned conductor of the Underground Railroad in 1855.  Sarah decided to become a physician after seeing a young boy pinned beneath a wagon, vowing “I will never never see a human being in need of aid again and not be able to help”  

She became the first American black women to earn a medical degree, the first American black female physician specializing in obstetrics and pediatrics in the United States, and the first female physician in the Dominican Republic. 

Confession

I just saw this post talking about what black women love about black men and there were so many black women in the comment section praising black men about everything. And that really shocked me cause a couple months back I remember another post talking about what black men love about black women. OMG 😲 It was a mess it was mostly about our bodies, our labor, and most comments were about how we as black women should change to earn respect. It reminded me we have a big ass double standard.

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“The pay gap does not affect all women the same way.”

Aug. 23 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks the additional time it takes for black women to earn what white men earn in a year. To put it simply, it takes 20 months for a black woman to earn the same wages as a white man earns in 12.

According to the Center for American Progress, black women earn about 60% of what white men earn. The percentage is strikingly low in comparison to the 79% wage difference when grouping all women together. 

Fusion contextualized the wage disparities by doing the math for some of the richest and most famous black women, like Beyoncé and Halle Berry. 

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Last year, Bristol-based company Coexist provoked a fierce backlash when it introduced a similar “period leave” entitlement for its predominately female workforce. Some of the criticism came from feminists who were concerned about the implications of assuming menstruation hinders women’s ability to work, but the angriest, most vocal opponents were men who seemed to sincerely believe that the policy amounted to discrimination against their gender. It’s easy to roll your eyes at self-professed “men’s rights activists” making absurd claims about misandry and “feminism gone too far”, but the idea that gender-specific leave entitlements mean women are getting away with slacking is difficult to combat.

The grim irony is, if anyone’s getting special treatment it’s actually men. The gender pay gap in Zambia is significant, with women earning an average of 40% less for similar work. Even if they’re not able to catch up work missed during Mother’s Day at other times, an extra day off each month doesn’t bring them much closer to achieving equal pay – for that they’d have to take two days holiday every single week.

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Women don’t need ‘period leave’, we need a pay gap day instead (x)

Feminism makes women weak

Feminism claims to stand for two things above all: women’s equality and enabling women to be strong.

Regarding the first aim, no decent man or woman opposes the concept of equality of the sexes. But people who do not call themselves feminists have a problem with the feminist notion of equality: Most feminists have conflated equality and sameness. And that’s a huge mistake; the sexes are equal, but they are different.

A second major problem regarding the feminist claim of aspiring to women’s equality is that feminists frequently provide false evidence to prove that women are not treated as equals.

The best-known example is the false statistic that American women earn about 25 percent less than men when they do the same work for the same amount of time.

Another example was relentlessly expressed during Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency, and has been especially expressed since her defeat: the assertion that she was the victim of misogynistic comments and that she lost because she was a woman. None of it is true. But it keeps feminists thinking of women as victims - and people who think of themselves as victims are rendered weak.

That brings us to the second goal of feminism: enabling women to be strong and making women strong.

In one of modern life’s bigger ironies, feminism has actually achieved the very opposite. In America today (as opposed to, let us say, Saudi Arabia, where it does take strength to be a feminist), the more stridently a woman identifies as a feminist, the less strong she is. Feminism has created what is undoubtedly the weakest generation of women in American history. My grandmother, who never heard the word “feminist” and never graduated high school, was incomparably stronger than almost any college-educated feminist I have ever encountered, or the many I have listened to and read.

My grandmother (and I suspect yours) would never have felt the need to retreat to a “safe space” when encountering an idea with which she differed. Yet we have a generation of young feminist women that is so weak that even if a woman comes to the women’s campus to argue, for example, that when all relevant factors are taken into account there is no gender wage gap, they seek the comfort of stuffed animals, balloons and Play-Doh in “safe spaces.” They also need “trigger warnings” alerting them that they may read something that disturbs them.

Feminism is a cover for weakness.

During one of their presidential debates, Donald Trump called Clinton a “nasty woman” in response to an attack on him. His remark was universally condemned as sexist by feminists - both male and female. But didn’t Trump mock Sen. Marco Rubio’s height, label Sen. Ted Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” and offer other similarly negative descriptions of male competitors? (By the way, millions agree Hillary is indeed nasty). 

Modern feminists are afraid of life. They are afraid of differences of opinion. And they’re especially afraid of men.

As one example, The Boston Globe reported in 2014, “A realistic-looking statue of a man sleepwalking in his underwear near the center of (the all-female) Wellesley College … has caused outrage among some students in just one day after its Feb. 3 installation.” A petition signed by hundreds of Wellesley students said, “It has already become a source of undue stress for many Wellesley College students.”

Clearly, hundreds of Wellesley College students are very weak.

Nearly every time the words “misogyny” and “sexist” are used, they are untrue and only reinforce the conviction that feminists are weak. These words have become so overused by feminists over the years that they have become meaningless and trivial. Much like the way they trivialize rape.

You want to know what makes a strong woman?

A woman who doesn’t make excuses, who doesn’t surrender herself to mainstream views and opinions to feel accepted and who doesn’t expect handouts and privileges for having a vagina. 

In other words, not a feminist.

thinking about Hamilton, both the musical and the person as a historical figure, and putting yourself in his shoes, having Thomas Jefferson there (Jefferson was twelve years older than Hamilton) must’ve been so bizarre and annoying.
like, imagine you’re hanging out with your friends or coworkers or whatever, and they’re all close to your age, and you’re talking about, let’s say, the wage gap. you and your friends are deep into a discussion about how the wage gap is regularly skated over in the media, especially considering how women of color earn even less than white women’s 70%. you’re into this conversation, getting into the nuances and details, when this old guy elbows himself into the conversation and says, “actually, my buddy’s ex-wife says the wage gap is made up, so. y'know. she’s a woman. and it’s her money. so it must be true.” you and your friends stare at this guy because what the actual fuck is he on about, when he takes a sip of his coffee and says, “i’ve talked about this with her before, actually. we were protesting planned parenthood!”
like. what the fuck. who is he. why is he here. what is he saying

I hate people who tell me to respect older people as though they’re some demi-god. I’ll give them the same amount of respect as I would give an average person but respect has to work both ways, I’m not going to respect you if you’re going to act like an ass to me. 

Lack of Feelings of Entitlement

In general, women are no less satisfied than men are with their jobs and pay, despite the fact that women earn less than men for “objectively similar performance inputs” (Major 1987). Also, despite the fact that women know other women are paid less than they deserve, women think that they personally are not underpaid. Similarly, women express no less satisfaction than men do with their marriages, despite the fact that women do more of the household chores, do more child care, and have less say in important decisions than men, even when both husband and wife work full time (Major 1987). Do women believe we deserve less than men?

Numerous studies have been carried out in an attempt to understand women’s paradoxical responses to employment and pay injustices. The studies typically use an experimental situation in which male and female subjects are asked to do a task in same- or mixed-sex groups. At the end of the task, the subjects are asked to pay either themselves or their partner any amount up to a maximum. In two such studies, Callahan-Levy and Messe (1979) found that females paid themselves less than did male subjects. This sex difference in self-pay occurred at all age levels, from first graders to undergraduate college students. In fact, the older the girls, the less they paid themselves relative to what boys their same age paid themselves! The sex difference in self-pay was not due to females feeling they had done a poorer job than males, for there was no difference in the two sexes’ self-reported evaluations of their performance (Callahan-Levy and Messe 1979).

Major et al. (1984) asked subjects to count sets of dots in various spatial configurations. Subjects were told, “Our only requirement is that you do as much work as you think is fair for the amount of money we have been able to pay you. The $4.00 is yours to keep regardless of how long you work on the task or how many sets of dots you count.” Females worked longer than males for the $4.00. They also counted more dot sets, counted dot sets correctly more often, and worked more efficiently than men. Despite the fact that women outperformed men on every measure, men and women did not differ in the performance evaluations they gave themselves! These findings regarding women’s feelings of entitlement indicate that, as females, we do not believe our labor is worth as much as men believe theirs is worth. The results therefore suggest that women have internalized male culture’s view that women’s labor is worth less than men’s.

Loving to Survive by Dee L.R. Graham

Yet one must acknowledge the still bleak part of the picture. Most people in poverty in the United States and the world over are women and children, women’s earnings here and abroad trail the earnings of men with comparable education and experience, our workplaces do not adequately accommodate the demands of childbearing and child rearing, and we have yet to devise effective ways to ward off sexual harassment at work and domestic violence in our homes. I am optimistic, however, that movement toward enlistment of the talent of all who compose “We, the people,” will continue.
—  Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Advice for Living, The New York Times, October 1, 2016.
It isn't because she’s a woman

I am a 20-something woman. I believe in conservative values: hard work, personal responsibility, small government, and self preservation. Hillary Clinton does not represent me because of our gender. I would love to see a female president in my lifetime, but what I want more than anything is to vote for the best possible candidate. I find it condescending that some think Clinton isn’t winning every poll 10:1 because of her gender. If you are the first of your “group” to do something, then you have to be willing to work hard to get there. Success and achievements are not given, but earned. If women run for president every 4 years for the rest of my life and they don’t share my values, I will not vote for them. 

Somehow we have gotten to the point where it is more important to feel included than to have the best people doing jobs. We see this in college admissions, where generally Asians tend to score highest but are penalized in the name of equality. I believe it is far more valuable to give the jobs to the most qualified people - regardless of their race, gender, faith, age. This is how a free society thrives. 

Should we cut a female candidate some slack, even when surrounded by controversies and inconsistent values, because she is the first of her kind? NO! This is lowering the bar because of her gender. This is sexist. If women are just as capable of being president as men are, then they should be willing, ready, and up for the challenges of running for president. As a woman, I find the idea of women voting based upon gender terribly degrading. Why should a candidate need the bar of scrutiny lowered? This logic directly implies that women cannot withstand additional criticism and are not strong enough to deal with the campaign process. And if women aren’t strong enough to handle the scrutiny of a campaign, then women shouldn’t be presidents. I believe women are much stronger than liberals give us credit. I am responsible for my life, my choices, my money, my health. I don’t need a female president to feel equal. I do need a moral, upright president that will defend to constitution.

Running for president is a choice, and anyone that makes this choice should expect heavy criticism - warranted or not. I do not want a president that needs a safe space. I do not want a president that needs the bar lowered. 

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Here is a graph of how much women earned in 2014 compared to men. So, to all those who have been sending me asks with things such as “there is no wage gap” or “the wage gap is a myth, you feminazi”, this is clear proof that there IS a wage gap. And just so nobody says “that could be fake, another feminist site saying what it wants to be true”, check the bottom. Check the source. This is form the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regardless of WHY you think the wage gap exists, or WHOSE fault that is, you cannot deny that there is a wage gap. Thank you.