Society still has a long way to go until being a worker is compatible with being a mother.
1. You’ve asked around, and you’re worried
A hoodie-wearing billionaire could actually change the way we think about working mothers and fathers.
Women are not asking for more than we are worth but we do not want to be paid less than a man who is doing the same job that we are. We want fairness, nothing more, nothing less.
It is disappointing that Congress had an opportunity to make a statement about the status of women in the U.S. with the Paycheck Fairness Act, but instead chose to block the bill. But given the historical treatment of women in our nation, it shouldn't be surprising.
A lesbian may see her family lose $20,404 each year because both she and her wife are being paid less. Thus, by allowing the gender pay gap to continue, wife-wife families are being disadvantaged in a way that is not true for husband-wife or husband-husband families.
Next week is the anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act. Is it time to declare victory? The standard pay gap measure is that women now earn 77 cents for each dollar earned by men. Maybe so, argue Pay Gap Deniers, but that's due to women's choices, not to gender discrimination.
What employers are not allowed to do is discriminate against mothers on the fast track because a different group of mothers decided to leave the fast track. If the judge doesn't understand that, she needs a refresher course in anti-discrimination law.
Are you persuaded that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is not gay, and that it should never have mattered anyway? Good, because now we can move on to her next supposed shortcoming.