Yesterday, the White House released a proclamation by President Obama, declaring Aug. 26, 2010 “Women’s Equality Day.”
This kind of message should be great news for all Americans–especially people with families. What is baffling to me is that conservatives often follow the out-dated talking points about distinct gender roles. Meanwhile, over the past 30 years, middle class incomes have largely been stagnant, forcing mothers (who may otherwise choose to be home with their young children) to enter the workplace. So many conservatives, who love to proclaim their commitment to “family values” and the free-market capitalist system, have voted against their own values. They like the old gender roles–daddy goes to work, mommy stays home–but they also allow (through their voting patterns) the large corporation to run the show (via the Republican Party). But it is these same powers that freeze middle-class wages (and low income wages) while increasing executive pay many, many times over. Again, equal pay and equal treatment of women is in the interests of all Americans–liberals, conservatives, men, women, and children.
I know this should be a out-dated discussion. We would hope that it would not be necessary to have a Women’s Equality Day in the 21st century. But there is a huge need. Here is an excerpt from the Presidential proclamation that drive this point home:
As we celebrate 90 years of progress on Women’s Equality Day, we also recognize the realities of the present. Women comprise less than one-fifth of our Congress and account for a mere fraction of the chief executives at the helm of our biggest companies. Women hold only 27 percent of jobs in science and engineering, which are critical to our economic growth in a 21st-century economy. And, almost 50 years after the Equal Pay Act was enacted, American women still only earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn. This gap increases among minority women and those living with disabilities.
Click “more” to read the entire proclamation. It is excellent! » Read more: Women’s Equality Day