College, Work, Equal Pay?

(Originally posted June 5th, 2012)

Today, I sit through a few hours of work at my new job. Training, the usual, you know. Kinda dreading the fact that I have to go to another job the same evening, but getting over it because it just has to happen. Anyway, I officially have three jobs for this summer. I am incredibly blessed to have been employed by all these places when I know many are looking for even ONE job. But, I get home today, and I’m browsing Twitter, clicking around my Tumblr, when I see an article posted about something very monumental that happened today – Republicans filibustered a bill devoted to making pay equal for men and women. To those of you who aren’t familiar with filibustering, it’s when they keep talking and arguing so that the bill can’t come to a vote.
I’ve provided an article that I liked quite a lot – if you click on the picture of the Indian woman, it’ll take you there. Now, before I go on with this post, I want to make it clear that before I make outrageous arguments, I really try hard to look at both sides – in other words, I do my research. Now, I’m not perfect, I do pick sides from time to time, but I’m what you’d consider a “moderate”. I lean liberally on some issues, and then conservatively on others. It’s nature. But, I cannot see the other side to this extremely detrimental action performed today by politicians who are supposed to be protecting the well being for ALL.
I’m not a feminist, but I do believe strongly in the fair treatment of women. I believe we have a say in what we do with our bodies, how we have sex, and if we’re going to work for less pay than a man doing the same job as us. Ladies, if you’re not a little riled up over this, I’m slightly concerned… In the article I’ve provided, Senator Collins, a female republican representative, voices her concern that the fact of the matter is that if women were paid the same as men, well hell’s bells, that’d be a damn burden on small business!
Well, you know what, Sen. Collins? I don’t work three jobs for the fun of it, you got that? I work THREE JOBS because I’m a dedicated, hard working, young woman. I was taught by a dedicated, hard working, mother that life does not just show up at your doorstep. You will NOT be handed the world. And you are not here for men – you will always respect yourself before degrading yourself. I live by that.
Well, on that tangent, I want to draw this post back in. Equal pay is something I have fought for myself. Equal opportunity is something that has been taken from me since I began working at the age of 16. I stayed quiet for a long time about how unfair it is to work just as hard, to be just as smart, to be just as good, and not receive the same benefits.
I propose, to those around me who are as heated about this as I am, that we write. Why not? I’m not saying be mean, i’m not saying be mad. I’m saying to lay it out there and know your facts.
My father is an amazing man, who has taught me the most valuable arguing tool I have ever known – never let them know how much they get under your skin. Sure, let them be aware you disagree. Show them why they’re wrong with research and statements. But never, for one second, let them think that you’re a “hot headed woman”. Because apparently, according to many, those women can’t get anywhere. We don’t deserve it.
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