John Milton, the great English poet, once pondered, "For what can war, but endless war, still breed?" The answer: flawed Supreme Court decisions, countless email fundraising solicitations, and a surge of new attack ads. The "war on women" is back.
Sure, there are tables and stats and mountains of compensation data to draw upon. But really knowing your worth starts on the inside. If you don't believe you are worthy, how effective can you really be at negotiating for yourself?
I wonder if when women are perceived as being aggressive, it's really just because we're trying to get credit where credit is due. When we're supposedly aggressive while dating, it's because we want to go after what we think we deserve. Is it so bad to try to level the playing field?
Abramson is not the first woman to be faced with this situation, nor will she be the last. In all of this media chaos surrounding this issue, it's essential to remember that being paid fairly is not the necessarily being paid equally.
Yeah. Easy to see how paying ladies the same wages as gentlemen could be considered condescending. Just like the 19th Amendment giving women the vote was obviously patronizing. And granting women control of their own bodies would be exceedingly supercilious.
Schlafly's suggestion that women should make less than their male counterparts demonstrates not only that she is still living in the 1950s, but completely out of touch with the demographic and social realities facing American women and families.
When President Obama announced the Paycheck Fairness Act on Equal Pay Day this week, we applauded his efforts to address the so-called "gender wage gap" but, from a data point of view, mourn the fact that he, like many others before him, is building his case around a flawed number.