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The war on women continues

April 17, 2014

 

Kaleb Causey
Editor-in-Chief

 

CAUSEY

CAUSEY

A year ago, I changed political parties. I made the switch that ostracized me in southern politics. I switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party. While this has gained me a lot of flack, I am still proud of my decision.

 

I did so for several reasons, but gender equality was a major one.

 

Last week, Republicans in the Senate blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill intended to hold employers accountable for wage discrimination against women. The Republican defense to shooting the bill down was the bill would create more lawsuits. Really? If it is creating more lawsuits, the bill is doing its job of fixing wage discrimination because it is helping those women prevent companies from discriminating in the future.

 

However, the most preposterous storyline to come out of this event was Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday.

 

“I find this war on women rhetoric almost silly,” she said in regards to the outrage against the Senate Republicans for not supporting the bill. “It is Republicans that have led the fight for women’s equality.”

 

Blackburn also said the bill did not do enough, so it should not be passed. However, any increase in help is better than no help. These sorts of things take time and small steps always help move the conversation along. Blackburn apparently does not understand that.

 

This is the same congresswoman who voted against a very similar bill in 2009, then voted against the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a bill that helped bring gender equality issues to the forefront of the national conversation, and last year said that women don’t want equal pay.

 

The U.S. Census Bureau has found that women make 77 cents for every dollar men earn. Show me a woman who does not want the extra 23 cents that she is being shorted and I will gladly change my mind.

 

Women deserve equal rights, and that includes equal pay. People should be evaluated and compensated based on their work, not their gender.

 

Republicans continue to battle their image as the anti-women party by mentioning famous women in history who were Republicans. Instead of touting past successes, the Republicans’ main focus should be providing the women of tomorrow with equal opportunities.

 

Kaleb Causey is a senior political science and journalism major from Jonesboro who serves as editor-in-chief for The Tech Talk. Email comments to ktc013@latech.edu.

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