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.