ROSE NOLEN: Women need women on their side over workplace rights

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

I really have heard this song before.

Just like today, women were making less money than men for performing the same jobs. That was more than 40 years ago. The government moved to close that gap. Women were hired to work for the U.S. Postal Service. They were to be paid the same salary as men.

I belonged to the first group of women hired in the city where I lived. The men resented that we were being paid the same salary for the same work. In an effort to keep the peace, supervisors put us to work in separate areas. When that didn’t work, we went to work in the same stations. It happened one afternoon. The men decided to express themselves. One word led to another. The other women in the group and I took charge of the conversation and held the men hostage for about an hour. After the confrontation, things changed and eventually we were able to work together in harmony.

Having to fight these battles over and over gets tiresome. But after a while, some women finally get the message that some men will use any excuse to discriminate against them. Women who understand this always keep their guards up and over the years, they have found a friend in the labor union movement.

So it's not surprising that women find themselves earning 77 cents to every dollar a man earns for doing the same work today. Does that mean there's a war on women? There will always be a war on women as long as they refuse to understand that men prefer to keep them "in their place," which is behind or underneath the males of the species. If women are determined to fight this battle every few years, they will obviously have to do so. And that’s too bad.

Many women would prefer not to work outside the home. They hope to find a husband who can support them. Unfortunately, our economy often requires that both husband and wife labor in the marketplace. So, most women continue to work throughout their children's childhoods. That being the case, women should work hard to ensure women's rights in the workplace.

The same thing is true for minorities. I’m not an anthropologist. I can’t explain what has happened in the history of these men that has led them to believe that they are superior to other people and that they should be in superior positions. I just know if there is to be peace between women and men and different races, men will have to accept their humanness.

This year, Congress is attempting to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. One of our political parties is unwilling to compromise on any bill. Women in this party will undoubtedly go along with the men to prove their hatred for the president. This means that women who favor this legislation must fight harder to try to get this wrong righted.

At this stage of the game, women need all women to band together on the same side. Ultimately, women will win this fight, because it is fair and just.

It's only a matter of time.

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Michael Williams June 12, 2012 | 8:19 a.m.

Rose may be using old, skewed, or agenda-driven data.

Here's a different take from Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor and now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute:

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Gary Straub June 12, 2012 | 10:19 a.m.

For a deeper insight into this curious state of affairs.

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John Schultz June 12, 2012 | 11:08 a.m.

Why should men and women, or two men, or two women, earn the same pay for the same job? That implies that everyone is equal, or more accurately, that no one can do the job better than others or that one employee doesn't have previous experience that will benefit an employer more than a second employee.

When I signed on for my first "real" job post-college, I was hired on as tech support at Datastorm making a decent wage. Myself and some of my other coworkers talked amongst ourselves about our salaries. The person who ended up being hired at the highest rate in our group had managerial experience at a local software company, while most of us came from a more blue collar or retail minion background. As we proved ourselves over time, people would receive different raises based upon their individual reviews and the value they provided to the company. Was that wrong?

When Datastorm went under, several of us started at another company. In my particular group, I had more experience at the time than the other people and was hired at a higher salary, even though we all did esssentially the same basic job. Was that wrong in Rose's eye?

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Ray Shapiro June 12, 2012 | 12:55 p.m.

I wonder if the person who titled the heading for this article of propaganda read past the first few paragraphs?
Personally, I would have titled it, "Why Rose wants women and blacks to keep Obama around."
Obvious to me that Rose goes back to earlier times in America when the nuclear family had role models where a husband/father was able to work a job outside the home and the baby-bearing mom/wife worked, (Oftenimes even harder and smarter than the husband, as the maternal home's "CEO/CFO.")
This was of course before laws of the land and attitudes of society changed after the onset of angry radical feminists, the gay movement and black radicals.
Much has changed since those times, but greed yields distortion of current facts and activism becomes manipulation of the facts as it becomes their drum beat for their base and those dumb enough to believe their rhetoric.
As Michael Williams points us to facts about the realities of salaries, contrary to what Rose spews, her article fuels contempt from this reader as she starts with a lie, only to build on it to opine "a war on women<' followed by the "war on blacks," and then "a war on our black president."
When did facts go out the window?
Must be the liberal progressive communist-type propaganda I'm reading and hearing all around me.
Their end-game objective must be to stay off a one-term presidency.
it will be of course a well deserved one-term presidency.

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Ellis Smith June 12, 2012 | 1:28 p.m.

"All animals are equal.
But some animals are more equal than others."

George Orwell, "Animal Farm" (still considered to be one of the most damning treatises ever written against Socialism/Communism)

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Skip Yates June 12, 2012 | 3:16 p.m.

Ray hit the nail on the head! Republicans filibustered the "Paycheck Fairness Act" for good reason. It would have shifted the burden of proof to defend business decisions in the private sector, opening up a slew of litigation, hardly a war on women. It was all about politics, not sound policy. The only real winners would have been trial lawyers. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was also against it for all the right reasons. The third from last paragraph indicated Rose Noland's real was essentially women should vote for Democrats/Obama. Nothing unexpected there!

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mike mentor June 12, 2012 | 4:36 p.m.

Rose, selfishness is not a male trait, but a human one. By playing the war card, you divide rather than bring together.

I think the female black widow spider eats the male after mating. I could make a case that it might be an easier way to go for some of us ;-)

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Gregg Bush June 12, 2012 | 4:42 p.m.

Keep up the good work,
Rose. To the Bircher conclave,
I have only this:

You keep on using
Those words. I don't think they mean
What you think they mean.

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John Schultz June 12, 2012 | 5:37 p.m.

Please sir, may we have
one more stanza, since you did
not include those words?

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Gregg Bush June 12, 2012 | 6:16 p.m.

I never pegged you
For a Bircher. But here's your
Stanza anyway.

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Michael Williams June 12, 2012 | 7:50 p.m.

The Missourian
allows personal attacks
for one's politics.

Except for race, sex,
religion, ethnicity,
you have save haven.

So, a free for all.
Mike is a Bircher and Greg
Is a Communist.

Burma Shave

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Sally Henson June 13, 2012 | 1:20 p.m.

Interesting that there are all men posting here and all but one of them is against the Paycheck Fairness Act. I see we women still have a long way to go before we can expect equal treatment and equal pay from men.

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Ray Shapiro June 13, 2012 | 2:09 p.m.

Equal Treatment??
As for the nicely worded, feel-good/ hopey changey entitled Paycheck Fairness Act, it's just another power play by the progressives.
Radical feminists, like Rose, bang the drum and get some Missourian readers on board with the bigger progressive movement.
Just wait until "they" come after you to support outright reparations for slavery.
(Support them now and you'll owe them later.)

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Ray Shapiro June 14, 2012 | 2:49 p.m.

If you failed to get the gist of the NOW website I posted and its link to the verbiage and legal/financial consequences of the pretty-worded, "Paycheck Fairness Act," which hopes to further legislate that which our current White House believes is "fair," then here's another article, followed by comments, to consider...

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