Speak For Yourself

Marsha Blackburn, a Republican congresswoman (R-TN) said that women “don’t want” equal pay laws.

Speak for yourself. I know you voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act but DAYUM?

You and some of your peers – Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) – also voted against the Paycheck Fairness act as well.

We are all, women and men alike, living in and exposed to the patriarchy that is America but DAYUM? This is male supremacy at work right before your eyes, people. So Marsha Blackburn

Speak for yourself.

I think she’s confused about what Equal Pay for Equal Work actually means, because she also said this during Sunday’s roundtable discussion on NBC’s Meet The Press:

“You know, I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be given a job because I was a female, I wanted it because I was the most well-qualified person for the job.”

That would be your skewed view of Affirmative Action you are talking about, right? But what does that have to do with what happens once you have that job and it comes time for a company to pay you the same way they pay your male counterparts?

What can you do when they do not pay you equally?

These sorts of laws that you so blindly vote against are to make it so inequality can be addressed. Make it so it is not only illegal, but in a company’s financial best interest to pay their employees equally.

The gender pay gap has expanded in recent years. In 2012, women earned approximately 80.9% of what men earned. According to a recent analysis, the average U.S. woman now stands to lose out on $443,000 over 40 years.

I guess that is just fine and dandy with Marsha and the rest of the Republican congresswomen?

Her comments that seem empowering to women on the surface, are really just figments of the imagination. She wants the government to keep out of the fight for gender equality. She wants women to be able to make “those decisions” for themselves.

Ok what decisions exactly? You can decide you want to be paid equally, but if that happens or not is actually not up to us. Are you going to walk into your interviews wielding a “Equal Pay for Equal Work” picket sign? Good luck landing that job.

The decision to pay employees equally has already been “left up to us” ie up to the companies in question, and they have chosen to continue their policy of salary discrimination based on gender.

Hence the need for LAWS to make sure IT STOPS, doesn’t KEEP HAPPENING, and should it do so, you are backed by the government should you need to TAKE THEIR MISOGYNISTIC ASSES TO COURT.

My goodness that koolaid must be tasty.

Because I can’t see any self-respecting female of legal working age having a problem with being paid equally. I can’t see anyone – male or female – who believes in equality, civil rights, dignity and respect for human beings being ok with males being paid more because, well, why is that exactly? becuz boyz r better than girlz lol?

Speak For Yourself, Marsha Blackburn.

I am not ok with discrimination. I am not ok with bigoted attitudes affecting my take home pay. I am not ok with society thinking males are superior than females and having our salaries reflect that notion.


Does it bother you that we have to have laws to ensure equality? Does it bother you to know that there are people who think there shouldn’t be such laws? That those same people are in positions of power to make sure that those those laws never get passed? Wanna vote them out of office? (You probably should).
Are you Republican and female? Does this sit right with you? Do you think its ok for males to be paid more than you when you are doing the exact same job they are? Why?

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