This is a different post than usual. I have not been political on this blog. But it has come to my attention that ignoring my opinion isn’t healthy. So this post simply serves to educate, to communicate not my opinion and impose those views on you but simply state how I feel about certain topics in the news that make me think.
The word “feminist” has become a trendy word these days. It’s tossed around on various media sources. Even celebrities have taken on this word attempting to explain what the word means to them. Just like our celebrities, I’d like to share what feminist means to me. I am a feminist not because I’m a woman, but because I believe in equality, regardless of one’s gender. Today I’d like to discuss a big topic that has been touted in the news as one of the biggest feminist agendas- pay equality. Yes, women still make less money than men. This pay inequality is seen clearly when we compare women and men in the same field and in the same position. The problem that some studies don’t take into account is the simple struggle that women face to climb the corporate ladder or simply grow in their career. Most ceo’s are men. It’s not my opinion, it’s a fact. “It is generally suggested that this wage gap is due to a variety of causes, such as differences in education choices, differences in proffered job and industry, discrimination in hiring differences in salary negotiations, differences in the types of positions held by men and women, differences in the type of jobs men typically go into as opposed to women (especially highly paid high risk jobs), differences in amount of work experience, difference in length of work week, and breaks in employment.” These causes stem from a predominately male work environment. It’s my belief that the only way to change this inequality is for society to teach children that they don’t have to abide by gender specific roles. Women don’t have to be secondary to their male counterparts. We can have male nurses and women doctors. We can have male assistants and female ceo’s. If our children start believing in is then maybe they won’t have a fear of not making their dreams come true. It’s also important to encourage our children to choose their passions. If a little Source girl likes to play with dolls and play dress-up, that’s okay. It doesn’t make her less than her female friend who likes building Legos. Basically, if we can infuse our children with a sense that they can accomplish anything regardless of their gender, then maybe our society can begin to evolve and we can begin to eliminate the pay inequality that unfortunately still exists.
I hope this post served as a reminder of what our society looks like. What to look for when you watch presidential debates. This topic is important. I hope this post made you think a little. If so, please share your thoughts and opinions on what the word “feminist” means to you. Have you personally experienced pay inequality, or have a story about women in the workplace that relates to his post, please share in the comments below. Any and all opinions and comments are welcome, let’s continue this discussion.
Also, let me know if this a type of post you’d be interested in reading. I have a political science background and don’t really use my degree in my career, so I have opinions and follow politics. If your interested in anything political, regardless of your own views, would you be interested in hearing my views? Having discussions about hot topics? Please let me know!
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