The Equal Pay Act that Kennedy signed in 1963 prohibited “discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce.” Yet a half century later, in the first three months of 2012, women still earned only 82.2 percent of what men earned. That’s comparing the “usual median weekly earnings” of full-time employees. Comparing annual pay of full-time, year-round workers, women earned only 77 percent of what men earned in…
WHITE women work 59 days for free. Black women, 94 days Hispanic women 117 days. Put another way, it's as if after July 21 (Hispanic women) August 21 (Black women) or October 16 (white women) don't receive a paycheck. Annually.
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like... A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly 2 million people in the United States do every day... at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
Indeed. For a discussion on why we need this, and how much the wage inequality issue damages the very principles of democracy, please also view, for instance, Wealth Inequality in America: Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPKKQnijnsM www.pinterest.com/pin/533958099546351520/
When you see a homeless person with a sign, many people will assume they're asking for money but most of them just want an opportunity to live in a home and to have a minimum wage paying job. They want change.
YES! Employers don't want to pay US a living wage so they encourage immigration to those they CAN exploit! Such immigrants can still make a better life here at low wages than what they had 'back home.' Meanwhile, the majority of workers struggle on just $8.50/hour before taxes. Me? I am one of these 'working poor' US citizens, and now have 3 PT jobs and still can't save for a decent car or modest home! Live month-to-month.
In accordance with the White House, full-time working women earn 77% of what their male counterparts earn. Ultimately, this implies that women must work an additional 3 months in order to earn what men did in the previous year. This pin acts as a visual display for the multiple ways in which women are discriminated against for simply gender. In a world where women are beginning to rely less on men for financial prospects, we should strive towards pay equity. This step is claims making.