So, yeah, today is “Equal Pay Day.” First observed in 1996, twenty-one years later, we are still fighting against pay inequality. But, we are also fighting a current administration presently undermining, dismantling and otherwise revoking the laws, mandates and requirements of businesses and corporations meant to secure that equality. Today, the pay disparity between men and women is approximately 78%. That means women, on average, women make $0.78 for every $1.00 a man makes. The gap broadens when comparing minorities to white men. Lower incomes tend to have less of a wage gap because it is protected, to some degree, by minimum wage. But the higher up the pay scale, the larger the difference becomes. And for all the progress we have made, Trumpaloompa is driving the US ever backwards.
Just over a week ago, on March 27, our Alt-President revoked the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Oder which was enacted by Barack Obama in 2014. That Order was in response to a report from the Government Accountability Office which showed that 60% of the companies receiving large federal contracts were in serious violation of labor and civil rights laws. Barack Obama’s order demanded strict oversight, transparency and conformity with these laws for any company seeking a federal contract. Trump just abolished that oversight, giving businesses the wink and nod to skim money off their employees paychecks, off safety measures, and infringe on civil rights. In part, as a double whammy to women, it will allow government contractors to conceal sexual harassment in the workplace behind closed-door arbitration.
But the Great Orange Trumpet seems to think two and a half long years of being forced to play by the rules is punishment enough. And, well, he probably knows he will need some of that pay discrimination and a lot of those civil rights violations to build his ridiculous wall.
Once again, Republicans give the middle finger to women and minorities. Rich, white men becoming richer is all that matters.
So, yeah, woohoo for Equal Pay Day! In just over a week we have lost what took years to achieve. But as distressing as this is, we have to keep fighting. We have to keep resisting. Look at all the victories we have won! Let’s find hope in that. We will fight every battle possible and when this tangerine, international con artist is finally wearing the orange jumpsuit he deserves, we will make haste to repair the damage.
We may not win equality today, but that sure as hell doesn’t mean we won’t still fight for it.
We are One Woman, One World.
Ann Lavendar Truong
photo credit: The Torch
Links: More ways to find me or colleagues of mine to check out!