The Wage Gap: Still Alive in 2016

Throughout American history, the luxury of being a white male proved greatly. White males receive the most rights, and hold an unparalleled freedom. Women and other minorities had to fight for decades to obtain rights for equality within American society. Women dedicated a lot of service and resources to the American people, especially during times of war. During World War II, Women served as nurses, worked in defense plants, handled finances, and much more. During this time, Rosie the Riveter was a cultural symbol-representing women who worked in the war and proved that they were equally capable of doing the same jobs as men. In 1943, women represented more than 65 percent of the workforce, yet they received less than half of men’s wages in the same fields. Despite the efforts made by women,  America has done little to return the favor by granting women equal rights, and equal pay.

The Equal Pay Act prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between women and men working in the same establishment. Prior to the Equal Pay Act of 1963, There was a tremendous wage gap between men and women.  According to The National Committee On Pay Equity, “In 1963, women who worked full-time, year-round made 59 cents on average for every dollar earned by men. In 2010, women earned 77 cents to men’s dollar”.That is only an 18 cent increase within the span of  47 years. Even though the Equal pay Act was a step in the right direction, it showed very slow and very little progress to solve the wage gap issue. Many high positions are held from women.. Simply because they are women. How many female executives are there vs. male executives? How many Judges, Doctors, etc? Not that many. Even when women obtain higher education, in their respective fields, society makes it harder for women to obtain the financial and career goals that they desire. Every time women break barriers, society sets the bar higher. How does this affect our young girls? Society is telling them(once again) that they must work harder than their male counterparts in order to obtain the same position as them.  Men who hold those top positions as company executives, must think of their young daughters that they go home to every night. Every time society sets the bar higher and higher; it makes it harder and harder for those young girls to reach the feats that their fathers, uncles ,and brothers were able to reach, simply because society has given them that privilege since birth. Our social norms prove to lack integrity time and time again. Will you allow the daughters of the future to fall victim to a lingering problem America can’t seem to fix, completely and sincerely?