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the female to male wage gap

this is a recent (as in I finished it tonight) essay I did for one of my classes.  enjoy.  also if you have anything to add please do so.  I want all the info I can get!!! I did not find info on LGBT+ affected by the wage gap.  I would love some info on that!

The Female to Male Wage Gap

Statistically the wage gap goes something like this; white men, other men, white ladies, black ladies, Latina ladies, other ladies.  Some people like to pretend that the gap doesn’t exist.  But most everyone including the Department of Labor knows that it does exist.  Despite laws stating that it should not.  In the continuing pages I would like to discuss that gap and attempt to figure out a way to get rid of it.

Serena Fong of Catalyst*, said that there is a gender based leadership gap as well as a pay gap.  She states that over 98% of Fortune 500 companies have male CEO’s, and that the salary studies (also conducted by Catalyst) show that women at these companies start off with $4,600 less than their male counterparts, even accounting for differences in education and experience.

According to the article Ten Graphs That Show Babies Aren’t Solely to Blame For The Wage Gap written by Sarah Mirk and published by Bitch Media in April of 2014.  The wage gap exists in every state.  It is affected by race, gender, state of residence, age, education, profession, and whether you have children or not.

Like the title states, they show and briefly discuss ten graphs.  The most current years in each graph range from 2009 to 2012.  Some do not list a year.  Most do not list race.

The first graph covers the gap between what men and women with children make.  In America it is a 22% difference.  With a 5-7% increase for every new child a woman has.  That is about average.

The second graph shows the percentage of moms making more money than their husbands.  The percent has gone up A LOT sense 1967.  From 11.7 in 1967 to 41.4 in 2009 with moms as sole breadwinners.  While households with either a mom breadwinner or co-breadwinners went from 27.7 in 1967 to 63.9 in 2009.  Although nothing much has changed on that front sense 2007.  FYI that’s 10 years.  Ten years of what someone is being paid, staying the same.  The cost of everything has gone up sense then.  Why not wages?

The third and fourth graphs, discusses the gap by state and birth rate (if you are of prime child bearing ages).  In Arkansas its 74.6% however if you are ages 15-44 it goes down to 67.5.  the widest gap was in Wyoming with 64.3 and70.2.  However, in Puerto Rico women make 101.1% and 44.8 compared to what men make.

The fifth graph illustrates race and the gap.  It covers men and women of Asian, White non-Hispanic, Hispanic, and Black races.  It sadly does not cover First Nations or Immigrants.  It shows from 1971 to 2011.  From around 2010 Asian men made more than anyone else.  With white men being the next closest.  Followed by Asian Women, Black Men, Hispanic Men, with white women, Black women, and Hispanic women bringing up the rear.  It should be noted that the latest data in this graph is from 2011 and that there is a large gap between white men and Asian Women.

Graph number six covers three races, educational levels and the year 2012.  It covers White Women, African American Women and Hispanic Women.  All ranging in education from less than a high school diploma to an advanced degree.  Women with an advanced degree make the most.  However White Women with an advanced degree make THE most.

Graphs seven and eight converge age and education.  They show what we all know by now.  That no matter what men make more.  Have kids? Don’t have kids?  In your prime working years? CEO of a Business?  Men still make more.

Nine covers education and gender.  While earning goes up with a college education, men still make more.    The most recent year is 2010 and it looks like men make about 7,000 more annually.

Ten shows the earnings of women by industry in 2009.  With a bunch of dots.  The bigger the dot, the more women.  the smallest dot, that is also highest up on the graph is mining and oil.  The largest dot is health and education with an average gap of 80% the nicest gap is in construction with better than 90% parity.  That means that it is very, very similar to what men make.  However, there are not a lot of women in this field at all.  We are taught that it is a man’s job.  “It’s too hard on the body for women”. “It’s not lady like…”.  I can tell you from my own personal experience that women can do this job.

Let’s see what we can do to make this gap a page in a history book.  Now we all know that women make 77-54 (possibly less for first nations women and immigrants).  There are some things we can do as a WHOLE to change this.  So lets dig in and start the next steps.

 

*******PLEASE NOTE***** This essay does not include studies based on any one sexual orientation, religion, sexual preference or any such things as I do not currently have that data.

*Catalyst is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for women in business.

“GENDER-BASED WAGE GAP PERSISTS, EXPERTS AGREE AT EEOC FORUM.” States News Service, 28 Apr. 2011. Academic OneFile, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=AONE&sw=w&u=lftla_pultch&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CA255058785&it=r&asid=3abe80e2d71b42a867f722c4653d93ed. Accessed 19 Nov. 2017.

Ten Graphs That Show Babies Aren’t Solely to Blame for the Wage Gap

by Sarah Mirk

https://www.bitchmedia.org/post/ten-graphs-that-show-babies-arent-solely-to-blame-for-the-wage-gap

WOMEN

04/12/2016 08:16 am ET Updated Dec 13, 2016  No, The Gender Pay Gap Isn’t A Myth — And Here’s Why On Equal Pay Day, a reminder: The gender wage gap is very real.

By Catherine Pearson https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/no-the-gender-pay-gap-isnt-a-myth-and-heres-why_us_5703cb8de4b0a06d5806e03f

WOMEN

04/14/2015 02:11 pm ET Updated Apr 30, 2015  10 Things We Need To Do To Close The Wage Gap By Alanna Vagianos https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/14/things-we-need-to-do-to-close-wage-gap_n_7056322.html

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My uterus my rules.

My uterus my rules
(in which we try to discus reproductive rights like humans)

Reproductive rights are usually a hot topic with people. Some people want to get rid of birth control, abortions and even sex education. Some people want to keep only certain forms of these things. And still others want to keep them all and get rid of some/ most restrictions.
Now let’s present the sides. First the right to lifers. The really loud right to lifers are usually White, Cis gender, middle aged, Republican, Christian men. The next loudest ones are usually White, Cis gender, middle aged, Republican, Christian women. Next, we have the Pro choicers. Pro choicers are usually not republican. They are usually considered liberals. They range in age, race, religion, and gender.
Now let’s present the arguments. Side one, the right to lifers. They firmly believe that all pregnancies are gifts from God and should be carried to term no matter what. No matter that the mother or child may not survive the labor. No matter if the pregnancy was the product of rape or incest. No matter if you are under the age of 18 and not fully grown. No matter if you are poor, homeless, addicted to drugs (or a habitual user). It’s just your tough luck if you can’t afford a baby. You should have thought about that before you had sex. Because the same people fighting for the right to tell you what to do with your uterus are the same people trying to cut all forms of welfare. So, you better stay home and raise that baby also while working a full-time job making 35,000+ a year so you can be a productive member of society, all while teaching your child good Christian values. But don’t teach them about sex that is just wrong.
It is statistically proven that states with an “abstinence only” sexual education system has the highest teen pregnancy rates. Because teens do not know how getting pregnant works. They do not know that penis + vagina = Baby.
Right to lifers believe that an unborn baby can feel pain from before the baby is fully formed. But will pierce a baby girl’s ears and have a little boy circumcised within hours of birth because they are unsure if they can feel pain or not. They also sometimes go against science and want to believe that babies are fully formed within weeks if not days or hours of conception. They want abstinence only or nothing at all taught in schools.
Now for the pro choicers. Pro Choicers firmly believe that it is “your uterus, your rules”.
For instance, if the pregnancy is a product of rape or incest. Abortion within so many weeks of conception is a viable option. Adoption and keeping the pregnancy are also options. If you or the baby will not survive the labor and after much thought and/or prayer you have come to the decision to have an abortion. We will find you grief counseling while we cry with you. What if you can’t afford a baby. As previously stated abortion and adoption are both options. However so are various forms of welfare, assistance with schooling, housing, and health insurance and health providers. Planned Parenthood is a veritable wealth of information and services. Also no one will judge you because none of us are perfect.
Prochoicers know that an unborn baby cannot feel pain, but that a new born can. The believe in science and statistics. Babies are not fully formed until months after conception. Abstinence only just does not work.
Sex is a biological function. Almost everyone has sexual urges. Anyone with the urge will explore. I would rather they explore safely and as educated as possible. That includes teaching children as young as 12 about what sex is. What it can cause. Explaining about birth control options and condoms. Explaining what does not work, such as pulling out, “dry sex”, only using certain positions, so on and so forth.
I say as young as 12 because I went to school with girls who were married with a baby at 12. In Arkansas you can be that young and with a parent’s consent get married. I never saw those girls after sixth grade. My daughter is 13, I taught her how sex works because I will not put her threw what those girls went through.

weaving

Weaving
Once upon a time on a very warm summer day, a girl decided to take up weaving. She looked up things on pinterest. Warps, and wraps, wefts and bobbins and looms oh my!! So much stuff! Stuff everywhere as far as the eye can see.
Now this girl, she had other things that she did too. First, she painted, a lot. All the time with a paint brush or an idea for something. Second, if she was inside, she would sew things. Presents or gifts, decorations, clothes, all kinds of things. If she wasn’t doing one of these things she could be found writing poetry, walking the dog or taking care of the house and its inhabitants.
Now taking care of a house and the inhabitants meant the girls daughter, her mother and father, and four cats. As the dog lives outside he doesn’t technically count as an inhabitant. There is cooking and cleaning and feeding to be done. All day every day. Every. Blessed. Day. No days off. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t get to do whatever you want when you get older. Because there are these things called responsibilities. Now remember that this girl has people, places, and things to take care of. They require work, every day. So, she had to manage her task.
Managing task is a lot like weaving. This task weaves over the other task and under that one. Just like that. Breakfast goes over painting and under grocery shopping for example. Sewing under weaving and over painting and back under poetry.

Sometimes when the girl needs to recharge she would go outside. Her house is on five acres. So, she has lots of woods to play in. Going outside and playing in the woods is good for the girl’s mind. She goes a lot less mad when she has outside to play in. Often, she will take pictures of whatever she finds outside. Grass, flowers, trees, and leaves. Fallen logs, wilting flowers, and falling leaves, all feeding the grass to grow the flowers, tress and leaves.
If you let it (any it will do, just pick one), it will take over your life. The girl could not let it do that. She had to make things or her head got full and she felt like she was going mad. Now all these creative things come into play because they make a lot of mess and scraps. The girl decided to use those scraps and see what she could make with them. So far, the girl has made two things weaving scraps. But she is learning. The learning is what counts.
The girl can make all kinds of things from scraps and tatters. Rugs, place mats, hot pot holders, a life even. If you are patient, find the threads, and are willing to learn. You can make anything. Yes, even a life. Now if you remember the girl had a daughter to take care of. Parents also. Each one a thread in her life. The cats and the dog also threads. Even the house and the land are threads.
Learning means doing, and doing means growing, and growing means more. The more you learn, the more you do, the more you grow. It’s an inevitable bloody cycle. The girl, she learned about cycles a long time ago. The cycle never ends. It can’t end. If it ends everything comes apart.
While the cycle can’t end it can rest. Part of the learning happens in the resting. Resting is just as important as every other part of the weaving process in the tapestry of life. It just so happens to be the over looked part. Try not to overlook it while weaving your life tapestry.
The girl is learning that. The learning is what counts. It never ends it only rest.

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