The American Association of University Women (AAAU) has published a set of statistics on the subject of the gender gap in pay in this country.
The figure for Virginia (pdf) is 78 cents on the dollar. That’s $0.78 earned by a woman while a man earned a dollar. For doing the same work.
The most recent data available is from 2011, so there is an outside chance the disparity has shrunk. I am not holding my breath. The idea that women in this country are devalued every workday is a ludicrous one. Here we are, solving all kinds of complex problems: the environment/energy problem, the gene-splicing problem, the violence problem. You mean to tell me that the value of a worker is less because that person happens to be a woman?
To me, this makes the least sense of any of the discrimination we see every day. No wonder women and men are pushing hard for legislation that will correct this problem. The ideology of sexism is the least defensible. As usual, in the past, the powers that be could stop women from voting, from owning property, from going to the school of their choice, and here we are arguing about allowing this to continue, in 2013.
Women have had to fight bias since the beginning of time. Let’s welcome them to the community of equals. Now.