Jul 10, 2009

Sexism Against Women Still Around Today?

Sexism, a term coined in the mid-20th century Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 6th edition, refers to the belief or attitude that one gender or sex is inferior to or less valuable than the other. In the 9th Century and most of the 20th century, women were paid less then men for the exact same work. This led to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 in the US. At that time women were paid about 58 cents to every dollar a man made.

(Note: to read the original Equal Pay Act of '63, please click here.)

Section 6, line 1 of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 states the following:

(1) No employer having employees subject to any provisions of this section shall discriminate, within any Establishment in which such employees are employed, between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees in such Establishment at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to employees of the opposite sex in such establishment for equal work on jobs the performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions, except where such payment is made pursuant to (i) a seniority system; (ii) a merit system; (iii) a system which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production; or (iv) a differential based on any other factor other than sex: Provided, That an employer who is paying a wage rate differential in violation of this subsection shall not, in order to comply with the provisions of this subsection, reduce the wage rate of any employee.

Today it is estimated the women in the US earn about 70 to 80 of the income of men. Some argue that women's earning less than men is entirely attributable to women's own choices; one line of argument is that women fail to negotiate raises and then "whinge to their colleagues of their disappointment".
Feminist commentators respond that even when women do negotiate for raises, they are less likely to receive them and are perceived as unfeminine.
A report published by the White House in 1998 argued that a gender pay gap remains even after taking into account such factors as relative experience, part-time vs. full-time work, differences between professions, and taking time off to have children. Other research has found that even after accounting for parenthood status, education, job title, and other factors, there is still a significant income disparity in men's favor (Blau and Kahn 1997, Wood et al. 1993). Research done at Cornell University and elsewhere indicates that mothers are 44 percent less likely to be hired than women with otherwise identical resumes, experience, and qualifications, and, if hired, are offered on average $USD 11,000 a year less than women without children. Exactly the opposite form of discrimination is indicated for men; those without children earn, on average, $7,500 less than men with children.
Studies done show that transsexual men earn an average of 1.5% more after their transition, whereas transsexual women earn an average of 32% less.

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Thanks to wikipedia for most of the information.

A note to narrow-minded individuals reading this article:
Supporting women's rights doesn't mean a woman is unfeminine or a lesbian, and it doesn't mean a man is gay, it just shows he has respect for woman, and understands they are human beings too.

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