Sigh. Where do I even start?
Confession. I'm sexist. Total sexist. I believe that women are superior in every way, shape, and form. And I say this spending a lifetime being surrounded by some pretty incredible, sensitive, and extraordinary men. Simply put, women are powerful. Still, life dictates that things are different for us than for men. Very much so. If you disagree, or think that the inequity gap is closing, all you have to do is crunch the numbers. A recent data analysis by Payscale shows that as women age the growth in pay between men and women is, well frightening.
|Payscale Report. For full Methodology click here|
- "Women hold 90, or 16.8%, of the 535 seats in the 112th US Congress — 17, or 17.0%, of the 100 seats in the Senate and 73, or 16.8%, of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. In addition, three women serve as Delegates to the House from Guam, the Virgin Islands and Washington, DC." (CAWP)
- Nancy Pelosi was the FIRST woman Speaker of the House. FYI, the very first Speaker of the House was Frederick Mulenberg in 1789. Yeah, 1789.
- In 1996 when Equal Pay Day was created by the National Committee on Pay Equality (NCPE), women earned 73.8 cents on the dollar to men. Now, 16 years later women earn 77.4 cents for every dollar men earn. That's progress!
Now there is no shortage of other information I could flash before you about inequity both in the US and around the world that would set your soul on fire. I know you know this, but I'm a scientist at heart and I like to separate fact from feeling. Numbers are numbers no matter the feeling, so let's start there. You've heard the phrase, "I don't get mad, I get even?" Well, it appears that we are not getting even anytime soon. I suggest we start getting real mad.
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