What words would you use in describing injustice?
Unfair, discrimination, and unequal were all common answers when asking fellow classmates, but what truly is injustice?
Injustice is defined as the “lack of fairness or justice” (behavior or treatment) which plays an important role in the gender income gap.
The gender income gap is the inequality of the payments between men and women in the same job professions. Today the average working woman gets paid about 25 percent less than the average working man.
I feel that women should have the opportunity to earn the same amount of working pay as men, to eliminate the gender income gap we should make the public more aware about the income gap, look back toward history to find changes that have progressed over time, and create a law that states if women are properly educated in their job and profession they should have the capability of receiving equal pay as men.
How can we, as a nation, work together to resolve issues connected to the gender income gap if many Americans aren’t aware of the income gap or don’t have the proper knowledge of finding ways to resolve it? One solution to this problem is creating awareness through advertisements and/or public speakings. For the public speakings they would state factual information about the gender income gap and how it affects women all around the U.S. The speakings would also provide advice and tips on how to properly spend and save money to the ones being affected by the gap. A second solution is showing the nation what the 25 percent adds up to over periods of time.
One real life experience includes both a male and a female cashier. The male cashier’s monthly pay was $650 while the female’s pay was around $625. Over a year’s period (12 months), the male made over $7,800 and the female only received $7,500. This $300 gap could have helped provide the female with more of the elements needed to help her survive, food, clothing, shelter, etc.
One last solution includes either protests or rallies. Both protests and rallies will help cause the word to spread of the inequalities of the payments between men and women, and will also cause people all around the nation to come together to fight for something they truly believe in.
In conclusion, if Americans were to be more aware and educated in the topic of the gender income gap, we would more likely come together to find a proper solution in resolving the gap.
From the 1900s to today there has been a various amount of changes, opinions, and cause and effect reactions. In the early 1900s women were considered to be housewives and were allowed to take place in certain jobs.
Some job examples included nurses, teachers, and just watching over the children. A second example includes the views on women and their rights and how they’ve changed. One historical example is the time periods before and after World War I. Before the war, women were underestimated and were considered to be weak and useless, but when war was declared on Germany it caused the men to help serve in the war leaving women with the opportunity to take the places of the men, including in their jobs.
This event showed women have the capability of doing the same work as men. Since then, men and women have been working together in many of the same workforces, but some jobs are still restricted to women because men still think that women don’t have the capability of handling certain situations.
Another change is the mark-up prices on everyday items. For example, one commonly bought and needed food item is milk. In the 1990s, a gallon of milk cost about $2.80, but today we pay about $3.50 for a gallon, that’s a 70-cent mark-up. Though we may not be able to fix or change our history we can always look back toward it to make for a better tomorrow.
One law could be the end of the gender income gap. This law would be creating equal payments between both genders and races. Facts have shown while the average working white women gets paid around 25 percent less than the average working white man, Asians and African Americans get paid 5-10 percent less than the average working white woman. Another impact this law would have is the raise of the dedication between women and their education. The more dedication a woman may puts forth into her education, the more she could benefit and support her working environment and the people that surround it.
This may result in a higher paying job.
Lastly, it would eliminate work-related stress. Because of the equal payments, women would more likely be more calm and focused on completing their job requirements properly than rushing and competing to do extra work to get a raise to help support themselves and their families.
If passed, this law would create a happier, healthier working environment for everyone.
I feel that women should get the same working pay as men.
The creating awareness, looking back upon our history, and the creating of the equal payments law are all important elements in helping eliminating the gender income gap.
Together all these changes will create a working environment with no stereotypes, no discrimination, and equal pay between men and women, but there’s still always one thing to remember when it comes to change – it doesn’t happen on its own – it starts with someone who is strong, dedicated, and isn’t afraid of getting up after being pushed down.
Who is this someone, you may ask?
Well to me, this someone could be you.
Make a change.