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Screw Equal Pay – Sheconomy Baby!

So, the Paycheck Fairness Act , which “addresses pay disparities between men and women. The bill limits the defense that employers can use to respond to charges of wage discrimination based on sex, among other actions,” (HR.BLR.com) failed by two votes.

Good Riddance, I say.

Because Equal Pay, is not enough to correct 2000 years of financial repression and oppression of girls and women. It’s what we were settling for, thinking it was more achievable than what is really enough. Thinking “fair and equal” would be enough. “Enough” would be that pay disparity swing in the feminine direction. That we use their own rules to flat-out best them.

Every indicator suggests that the woman’s day in the sun is on the horizon, closer than it feels.

In The Rise of the Sheconomy, by Belinda Luscombe, in Time Magazine the statistics point directly to not just mere equality between the sexes in regards to pay, but the surpassing of women’s salaries over men’s. This truly is Law of Attraction and money at work, here.

In October 2009, The U.S. workforce became nearly half female: women held 49.9% of all non-farm labor jobs and 51.5% of high-paying management and professional positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is not likely to be a blip. For every two guys who graduate from college or get a higher degree, three women do. This is almost the exact opposite of the graduation ratio that existed when the baby boomers entered college.

And as the U.S. continues its migration from a manufacturing economy to a knowledge-based one, women are poised to snag more jobs. They make up the majority in the workforce in 9 of the 10 occupations the BLS predicts will add the most jobs in the next eight years.

. . . about a third of women out-earn their husbands.

Childless women in major-metropolitan areas out-earn male counterparts by 108%. It’s suspected that once these women have children they will narrow the Motherhood Penalties faced by previous generations.

. . . women hold sway over 51.3% of the nation’s private wealth.

“We’re on the brink of a massive power shift, a grinking of the gears of history into a new human condition, [Maddy Dychtwald] writes. “It’s a world where women can, if they choose seize the reins of economic control.”

So, you can keep your measly Paycheck Fairness Act – the bar of Equal Pay is way too low for women now. We’re going to leap over it like a hurdle in a race – a race women are going to win. The American Way is turning in our favor. It’s The Rise of  Sheconomy Baby!

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7 replies
  1. Klint Johnson says:

    Women have already urpassed men as a percentage of total workforce. This recession has really beaten down the more traditional male jobs – construction, manufacturing, etc… This has left women with much higher rates of employment than men. In a way, the Sheconomy has already taken solid hold. Make it a good tomorrow! That’s all I have to say. She who earns the mula, controls the universe.

  2. Klint Johnson says:

    One other consideration, and please do not kill me for thinking outside of the Girl Revolution box, but pay disparities salary negotiation practices. How do women handle salary negotiations – are they more likely to take the bottom of the pay range than men, or do hiring authorities view women in a lesser position of bargaining? Empowering women can mean something as simple as giving them the salary negotiation skills necessary to command higher salaries. Even as a Brother, I could use this empowerment (I’ve got three girl mouths to feed!).

  3. Heather says:

    I think it pays, too, to consider what women want–it seems as though lots of women choose flexibility in the workplace (i.e. no 80 hour weeks) over a huge salary, which, in currency other than dollars and cents, is worthwhile, if, in fact, we consider raising our children to be an important venture. I appreciate Klint’s point, because it’s germaine to my situation: my husband, an engineer in a company predominantly male, is breadwinning on behalf of four women. I’d be pissed if the feminist machine decided he was making too much money and thus cut his pay in order to make it more “fair and equal” in spite of his experience and expertise. This is a fascinating conversation, and I think we need to keep the dialogue going. Thanks, Tracee.

  4. Tracee Sioux says:

    I agree Heather. I think it’s a safe assumption that corporations would cut male pay, rather than increase women’s pay if it had to be equal. Which does bite women in the ass if they’re depending on a husband’s paycheck.

    That said, YES Klint, a huge reason women are not making as much as men is negotiation strategy. We need to do better at it. Also, tend to go for “low hanging branches” rather than higher, harder to get ones.

  5. BC says:

    Interesting to note in the same Time’s article, The Rise of the Economy, a paragraph explains that when households have men as the lead-earner decisions are shared equally, and when households have women as the lead-earner decisions were made by the women twice as much; leading one to surmise that naturally men are fairer and support women in the household much more so than the other way around, what a surprise NOT.

  6. Tracee Sioux says:

    That’s not how I read it.

    Many of the “traditional tasks” of women include spending the household budget: grocery shopping, clothes shopping for the family, putting kids in extracurricular activities like soccer, dance, etc., decorating the home, keeping up with school fees and school or church fundraisers, buying the majority of gifts for extended family and immediate family, calling and paying repairpersons to maintain the home, taking children to dentists and doctors, researching which washer and drier and other major purchases are the best deal, managing the family budget and paying the bills, etc.

    Yes, these are “financial decisions” but they are also chores and responsibilities that go to support the family that many husbands can’t be bothered with.

    That’s how I read it.

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