A recent article, states that women will not achieve equal pay until the year 2050. Women currently make 78% of the wages of a man, those averages differ among different ethnic groups. According to the AFL-CIO, women will make 523,000 dollars less than a man over their lifetime. This issue is one that is very troubling to feminist equality organizations, who feel that the Equal Pay Act hasn't been applied to women as a social group.
Although this issue is one that is highly controversial, there are issues that I believe are not being fairly considered (especially by those that are crying foul the loudest). One major reason that women receive less pay over a lifetime is quite obvious; woman are different from men -- women have children. Women spend less time in the workplace, thus earning less in a lifetime. Traditionally, although the trend is being shunned, women leave the work place to rear their children. This role, although offensive to women's liberation organizations, is one that shouldn't be shoved aside. As women have left the rearing of children to day care facilities in order to take on full time careers, juvenile delinquency has skyrocketed, and America's rising generations have fallen far behind the rest of the world.
Unfortunately there are instances that woman may receive less pay than men because of simple discrimination. These occasions are deplorable. However, I believe that they are less often than women's liberation organizations would like to admit.
This article was found on CNN.com.