Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Equal Pay: Still Elusive

My daughter June worked from 9 am to 10 pm at her tech job in San Francisco yesterday, and she will have a long day today too.

The good news is that she's employed, and her job pays well.

Today is Equal Pay Day--or as Lydia Dishman explains on FastCompany.com:

"the approximate day in the year where the average woman working full time gets to catch up to the salary of her male counterpart (or about 79¢ for every one of his dollars)."

I don't claim to understand how they calculate this, but I'm glad we're paying attention.


Another difficult issue is how to rein in employers who overwork their people.  

Yes, equal opportunity and equal pay are important.  But we still have a long way to go in balancing the relationship between employer and employee, especially for women.

She's no longer a non-exempt employee, protected by California law from working overtime unless paid at a higher rate.  

As a higher-level employee, she is expected to work until the job is done.

Unlike typical holidays, this one is not for remembering a person or event.  We're focusing on a future when we hope women will have equal pay.  We're also looking at all the other employment issues women still need to work on.

We can hope this day will move to March 12, February 12, January 12--so women will only work 11 extra days to catch up to the salaries of the men around them.

Thank you to my friend Sharon for alerting me to this day with the email below from Page Harrington, Executive Director, Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument.

"One day in 1917, a dozen women gathered in front of the White House to stage a silent protest for women’s right to vote.
Women suffragists picketing in front of the White House.
Spectators yelled at them, kicked them, and spit on them. They ripped the banners from their hands and threw them onto the ground.
Undaunted, these women brought those tattered banners back to a house across town. They cleaned them -- sometimes carefully re-stitching them -- and carried them back out the next day, and the next, and the next.
It's my job today to preserve those same banners, alongside an extensive collection of other artifacts that showcase the struggle and accomplishments of the movement for women’s equality. I do it all from the house that became their final headquarters in Washington, D.C., known as the Sewall-Belmont House.
Today, on Equal Pay Day, President Obama is permanently protecting this house by designating it as America's newest national monument.
A hallway inside the newly-designated Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument.
From this house, members of the National Woman's Party led the movement for women's equality, authoring more than 600 pieces of federal, state, and local legislation in support of equal rights.
The President's designation will preserve an extensive archival collection that documents the history of the movement to secure women’s suffrage and equal rights in the United States and across the globe.
We've come a long way since those protests almost a century ago. For me, preserving this site isn’t just about remembering the suffragist movement. It’s also about celebrating our spirit as Americans -- the idea that if we work together and empower one another, we can make our government work better for all of us.
Page Harrington
Executive Director
Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument
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