Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Nor Hell a fury, like a woman paid but 80 cents on the dollar

Here’s just one of many Feminist Knock-Knock Jokes listed in the New Yorker.

[you] Knock, knock!
[me] Who’s there?
[you] Annie.
[me] Annie who?
[you] Annie thing you can do I can do for eighty-seven cents on the dollar.

It’s funny, I guess, but true. Here’s the story from Newsweek: White House Women Face Bigger Gender Pay Gap than National Average.

The average gender pay gap in the U.S. in 2016 was 18.1 percent, meaning that for every dollar earned by a man, a woman earned 81.9 cents, according to data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

But the gender pay gap in the White House stands at 20 percent, CNN reported, with women earning 80 cents to every dollar earned by a man. The difference in pay does not neccessarily mean that women’s salaries are lower for doing the same job, but that there are less fewer women in high-paid roles.

From Wiki: “Hell hath no fury” is an interpreted line based on a quotation from The Mourning Bride, a play by William Congreve, which reads in full “Heav’n has no rage like love to hatred turn’d / Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn’d.”

When it comes to equal pay for equal work, women have been “scorn’d” for centuries. That will not change soon. We have a President who thinks, on the record, that most people do not deserve his respect. Women are “most people.” Of the 2010 Census population, 157.0 million were female (50.8 percent) while 151.8 million were male (49.2 percent).

You need a different president. I’ll watch you vote.

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