Wednesday- Republicans blocked a Democratic-backed bill, an election-year ritual, that aimed to narrow the unequal pay between men and women.
The vote to progress the pay equality bill was 53-44 votes, falling six votes short of the 60 votes it needed to advance. This is the third time the bill has failed, following defeats in 2010 and 2012, MSNBC reports.
On Tuesday, President Obama signed a new Executive Order to prevent workplace discrimination and empower workers to take dialogues regarding their pay. The pay equality bill was the latest income-fairness campaign Democrats were pushing this season, a procession that included proposals to increase unemployment benefits, increase the minimum wage and help students and families afford college loans.
President Obama is committed to ensuring equal opportunity and empowering women in the workforce, The White House Blog reports.
Comments from The New York Times:
“For reasons known only to them, Senate Republicans don’t seem to be interested in closing wage gaps for working women,” Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, said on the floor speech. Republican lawmakers have said that given existing anti-discrimination laws, the legislation is redundant and is a transparent attempt by Democrats to distract from President Obama’s much-criticized health care law…
The pay equality bill is part of a broader Democratic strategy to appeal to low-and middle-income voters with pocketbook legislation like an increase in the federal minimum wage and an extension of long-term unemployment benefits.”
Letter of Intent:
To all aspiring politicians and government employees here is an idea:
Let’s make legislation not in the name of our image or reputation, but because it would better the people our country.
First, the implication that our government would make laws in order to win the approval vote of women in the Democratic Party is astonishing. Although, this legislation might positively influence women’s perception of the Obama administration, that does not mean these laws are not enacted for the betterment of the American society.
It has been many, many years since the Civil Right Act in 1964 addressing pay inequality and yet, we’re blind by believing that we have progressed since the legislation and radical movements of the ‘60s.
A newly released study by the Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver, Benchmarking Women’s Leadership in the United States, 2013, examines women in top positional leadership roles.
“In reality, most women have no economic choice except to work, and/or seek professional advancement and leadership positions. Therefore, it is in everyone’s best interest- women, their families and our nation- for women to receive equitable treatment, pay and opportunity for advancement.”
The study revealed that women hold on average under 20 percent of leadership positions, earn less than their male counterparts, and by some measures are outperforming their male peers across sectors of academic curriculum.
By examining the nation’s top performing companies and performers, Benchmarking Women’s Leadership in the United States, 2013, refutes the presumption that women are not in senior leadership because, for example, they prefer less demanding or time-consuming positions to accommodate their families or lifestyle.
The findings in this study concluded, that for our nation to offer the best solution to incorporate women effectively into our workforce we should try building full parity.
Thus, leaders and senior executives throughout all sectors of the workforce must acknowledge the inherent and institutionalized gender biases that still exist.
As the President said in his most recent State of the Union address, “When women succeed, America succeeds.”
This is an issue that should not be expressed through our media outlets by the Republican National Committee as a “left’s latest bizarre obsession” and “a desperate political ploy,” MSNBC Reports.
The Obama administration may have their faults; however, the Democratic Party has been pushing for the minority rights of women since 2010. When Congress passed the “Affordable Care Act,” which ensured private health insurance companies offer birth control and some other preventive services without co-pays or deductibles for women.