By: Scherie Murray
Almost one century ago, when the 19th Amendment was certified, it granted women the right to vote. Today, women are librarians, NFL coaches, Army Rangers, and in Congress, 104 women hold seats. Women are even running for President. Those are visible milestones, and it’s worth celebrating. However, the fight has just begun for women. As many begin to reflect on women’s history, women of the future are already making their next move.
On the heels of a historic and powerful march on Washington, it is clear that women have something to say to President Trump. Over the last month women have proven that they are ready for action. They are stepping up in their local communities, even showing up at town hall meetings to make sure that their voices are heard. Notwithstanding, those who protest and organize right must do more to ensure equality for all women.
In many households, women are caretakers, ceiling-breakers and breadwinners. Women of all races and ethnicities face a pay gap when compared to their male counterpart. Women average about 79 cents per dollar paid to men and because women earn less than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. Gender pay inequality affects everyone, and for far too long, women have been paid less for doing the same work as men.
The wage gap is greater for most women of color when compared to white men. Black women make 60 cents, while white women enjoy 75 cents to a man’s dollar. Hispanic women make even less, at around 55 cents for every dollar a white, non-Hispanic male makes. Asian women make 84 cents to the dollar and are more likely to have advanced degrees than white men, but they are still paid less.
Wage disparities are often more complex for black women, simply because they have different issues. It is more than a lack of equal pay and job opportunities. Black women are intricately combined with the black man who have all been disproportionately affected by American policies. As such, the wage disparities widen for black women. In addition, black woman do not easily align themselves with each other or other races. Or do they?
Along with being the Republican State Committee person, I am a very proud mother of three wonderful children. During the Make America Great Again movement, I had the pleasure of meeting President Trump and his family. Ivanka Trump and I share something in common. I learned in our brief conversation, we both have 3 children under the age of 6. As a mom, my plan is to ensure that my children have access to quality education and the opportunity to be successful. Be a pioneer I tell my daughter. Be a boss, or perhaps, a futurist.
All Americans, specifically the next generation, have been impacted greatly by Trump’s win. His campaign has rewritten history and is reshaping the perception and narrative of the Republican Party. Trump also has a clear path to a successful agenda with the Republican majority in both House and Senate.
In an unprecedented move, Congress can and should close the legal loopholes standing in the way of wage equality, strengthen protections against gender-based wage discrimination and enforce federal laws prohibiting pay discrimination. For the sake and future of all of our daughters, together we must do more to make sure women are respected and paid equally.§
Scherie Murray is a mom, communications professional & State Committee Woman, 29th AD. firstname.lastname@example.org Source: US Congress Joint Economic Committee
As published in the March 2017 issue of Communities of Color News