Every Day Should Be #EqualPayDay

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It’s kind of strange to me that when I served in the military, I was paid by my grade and thus equal to each one of the dudes at the same grade working alongside me, and yet since I’ve been back in the civilian world, chances are the dudes around me were making more for the same jobs I’ve done. Why can’t we, as a country, adopt our own military pay policy? You’re the head grilled cheese maker (It’s National Grilled Cheese Day!) in charge aka HGCMiC at pay grade TGC-1 (Top Grilled Cheese-1), you make x dollars. Next two levels down, the bread bakers BB-1, BB-2 make slightly less, based on the rise of their dough, and so on. Pay by the job; what’s gender got to do with it? Or color? Sadly, if you’re a woman not working for the government, you’re underpaid compared to your male counterpart Via CNN Money, here are the ridiculous figures in a few states:

Louisiana — $1.00 Dude Dollar = .65 Woman Cents

Indiana/Michigan — $1.00 Dude Dollar = .75 Woman Cents

New Jersey/South Carolina/Virginia/Kentuck — $1.00 Dude Dollar = .80 Woman Cents

Maryland/Nevada/Florida/North Carolina — $1.00 Dude Dollar = .85 Woman Cents

The highest paid women are in the nation’s capitol, but we’re still underpaid by ten cents. That shit adds up! And if you’re a minority woman, the stats are even worse:

Not only is this shameful, but it’s completely idiotic. As a country we’ve recognized that women can fight in combat on the front lines, and we’ll pay our military women to do so — to defend and uphold the rights of our citizens — so surely we can pay them just as accordingly when they return to civilian life.

In honor of #EqualPayDay, President Obama made a lovely speech and paid homage to all who have fought for equality; the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum — an historic house on Capitol Hill — will now be known as Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument…

…but you know what we’d rather have than a monument?

EQUAL MOTHEREFFIN’ PAY.

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Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • emmalita

    I think a big part of the gap is socialization of girls to not ask for what we want, and not value ourselves. When I was a young professional in DC, there were women around who were willing to mentor other women and push us to ask for more money in salary negotiations. I was terrified the first time I negotiated a salary, but my boss prodded me to ask for $10,000 more a year than I would have on my own.

    • I saw a similar sentiment in a video from a female executive at JP Morgan today. She commented on the difference between how a woman and a man applying for a position that would mean a promotion would approach such an interview. The men are ready to just go for it, where the women would be apprehensive about whether they had the right qualifications or experience.

      • emmalita

        Which is not to say I discount the sexism of people who decide who gets paid what, but I think it’s more deeply rooted and complex than that. I was’t surprised that DC had the smallest gap, but only because the feds have a long history of hiring and promoting women, so there is an old girls network.