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A Nation Working Toward Equality

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A Nation Working Toward Equality

Women have made extraordinary strides toward workplace equality in the last century. The labor-market participation rate for women 25 to 44 years of age - the average child bearing years - rose from less than 20% to more than 75% between 1900 and 1999 (Velasquez, 1.) Author Andrea Lunsford writes about the simple concept of “comparable worth” saying that concept of workers with “comparable skills, education and experience be paid equal amounts” should be a fairly simple policy to institute. (Lunsford, 617) But as many women know first hand, this practice can be fairly difficult to enforce. Many companies can even seem downright opposed to it. Women in the workplace have it hard enough; they are under more scrutiny about their roles as parents, their sexuality, and especially their appearance. We as a progressive society need to take a look at the common place practice of discriminating against and underpaying working women because it is essential that we become responsible by creating more equality in the workplace.

Women are taking the workplace by storm. Today 48% of married women “provide half or more of the household income” (Velasquez,1.) It was only forty seven years ago that politicians passed a law that made it illegal to pay a woman a lower amount of money for doing the same job as a man (Imbornoni, 2) and now almost half of wives and mothers are the primary breadwinners for their families. These numbers are incredible. It speaks to the dedication and hard work of our past generations that they have made advancements of this magnitude in less than one hundred years. If you continue to delve into the fountains of information that organizations such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Com...

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