If you tuned into The Academy Awards two weeks ago, you would have witnessed a moment in the show when Boyhood’s, Patricia Arquette delivered an empowering acceptance speech pertaining to gender equality. It’s an issue which I believed was obsolete in this time and age. However, leave it to my juvenile ignorance to hinder my judgement on the matter. The fact is, woman, not only in this country, but worldwide, are amongst a battle in which we are fighting for equality in pay and respect.
Earlier last week, I came across an article in The Washington Free Beacon, (yes, I read other publications besides Woman’s Wear Daily), which claimed Hilary Clinton of wage discrimination, accusing Clinton of paying a higher wage to male employees than female. The article also went on to say that Clinton paid female staffers 72 cents of every dollar she paid men during her eight year run as senator. Of course, the claim was denied by Press Secretary Nick Merrill, announcing the article to be “ridiculous”. However, despite the denial, the article really got me thinking of how much gender discrimination actually does occur, not only within politics, but in many jobs existing today.
In the first three months of 2012, women were earning only 82.2 percent of what men earned, that still hasn’t changed in many of the jobs carried out by woman. Now, I never considered myself drawn to one gender simply because is mirrors my own. I merely believe that every individual on this planet should be created equal. If my history class memory serves me right, when President Kennedy signed The Equal Pay Act in 1963, it prohibited “discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce.” Now, that’s all fine and dandy but what about the rest of the females who aren’t working in a factory or on a farm?
Do those individuals not matter as much? Although there has been slight progress to rectifying the problem at hand, it still doesn’t appear to be entirely solved. This begs the question, why are woman still being discriminated in the workplace? Last year, actress Emma Watson delivered an empowering speech at The UN to discuss the campaign, He for She. It is a campaign targeted specifically at men and boys, who are willing to stand up to gender inequality.
“Men and woman should have equal opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” Watson said, and no words ever struck deeper than such.
It amazes me that woman are still reaching for something which should have been granted many years ago. This is something which needs to end. It has gone on for too long, and frankly; it’s pissed me off. Unfortunately, in order for a voice to be heard, it has to speak up. With that being said, if you are willing you lend your own voice, head to the He for She website, and make the commitment for stop this ludicrous act once and for all.