The Women’s Suffrage Movement. But the right to

The Struggle For Equal PayThroughout history, women have been struggling for equal rights. This is evident throughout the early 1900’s during the Women’s Suffrage Movement. But the right to vote has gotten all the attention. Many continue to turn a blind eye to the modern day struggle for another right: Equal pay. In 2016, women only earned 79 cents for every dollar earned by men. Women deserve equal pay for their hard work, but that is not the only reason. Employers should give women equal  pay because it is a law, families need women’s income, it’s better for business and women are educated. Some may say that a woman’s place is in the home, not at work. Traditionally, this is true. Because of this, employers may be hesitant to give women equal pay. In an article titled, “Why Women Shouldn’t Work” the author said, “Women shouldn’t work in the same capacity as men, or to be more specific, women shouldn’t be breadwinners.” Many people agree with this and do not believe it is a women’s place to be working. Infact, 30% of men do not think women should be working and, therefore, should not receive equal pay. Whether or not employers think women should be working does not take away from the fact that equal pay required by law. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act. It said, “No employer should discriminate… on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees in such establishment at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to employees of the opposite sex.” Because of this, it is illegal to pay women less than men solely because they are women. In Fact, during Supreme Court Case Ledbetter v. Goodyear, Lilly Ledbetter sued Goodyear tire company claiming the company had been payed her less than the company’s male employees. Not only did she the win the case, but received $360,00 in backpay. This shows that regardless of what employers think, women need to receive equal pay because it is a law.In addition to this, even if “women should not be breadwinners”, many families cannot afford pay discrimination. 61% of American families have both parents working, and as time goes on families are leaning more and more on women’s income. Infact, currently 42% of American mothers are their family’s number one provider. Because of this, families need women’s pay checks just to pay the bills. Even if both parents may be working, a mother’s income is just as important as a father’s, so it should not be cut short. Many argue that women take off too much time off for children and express concern about hiring women because they may take maternity leave. In an article titled “40% of Managers Avoid Hiring Young Women to get around Maternity Leave” it said, “40%  of employers admitted they are generally wary of hiring a woman of childbearing age.” The article continued saying that the financial strain of maternity leave causes more problems than it is worth and is bad for business. As mothers traditionally are the one to care for and raise children, this is a fair statement. But that doesn’t mean it is true. While some think that maternity leave is an inconvenient choice, it is actually a necessity. If families need women’s income and women are responsible for caring for children, maternity leave is unavoidable. In addition to this, because of the Equal Pay Act, refusing to hire for this reason is illegal. But women actually aren’t taking off excessive amounts of maternity leave. More than 58% of mothers with children under 12 months old work either full or part time. This shows that while women are focused on starting a family they are also focused on their work. Furthermore,  even if companies can get away with pay discrimination, it is bad for business. In  2014, 57% of college graduates were women, and 52% of doctorate degrees were earned by women. This shows that women make up more than half of the educated adults. While not hiring women because of maternity leave my seem like a smart choice, it is a mistake. If women are receiving higher education than men, then it would be better to hire women because they are educated. All in all, women should be paid equally, not only because they deserve it, but because it is a law, it can benefit business and women are better team players. Just because companies can get away with it, doesn’t mean it should continue to happen. While many think women’s struggle for equal rights ended with suffrage, it really has only just begun.