Gender Equity. Scared Yet?

Posted: April 23, 2013 in Capitalism, Politics, Socio
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They weren’t used to hearing uppity bitches speak up around them. She figured it was time they got used to it. It’s 2013, for fuck’s sake.

Title IX is a law passed in 1972 that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding.

Many people have never heard of Title IX. Most people who know about Title IX think it applies only to sports, but athletics is only one of 10 key areas addressed by the law. These areas are: Access to Higher Education, Career Education, Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students, Employment, Learning Environment, Math and Science, Sexual Harassment, Standardized Testing and Technology.

I think it’s time we had a Title IX for other aspects of life, not just education. Gender equality means leveling the playing field to address present, as well as historical, inequalities. It doesn’t mean looking forward while ignoring the past. We need to bring the international human rights framework, particularly the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, to bear on discussions with government and industry, non-profits and for-profits, and particularly with candidates and political leaders regarding gender equality.

Government and Industry have had their chance to voluntarily implement gender equity. Legislation has haphazardly backed it, when enforced, but here it is 2013 and women are still fighting for equal pay for equal work?  So much for voluntary compliance.

Maybe it’s time to implement some harsh measures for supporting the discriminatory status quo. How about a 23% Gender Equity tax on any corporation who refuses to implement equal pay for equal work and prove it by providing payroll data? How about the same tax on companies whose Boards of Directors and upper management are not at least 50% women? This is not asking for information the companies are not already collecting, they have the data, they just aren’t willing to publish it and show consumers their sexism. Let’s give them one year (April 15th to the following April 15th) to implement gender equity, and if they refuse to do it, then let them lose all tax credits, subsidies, state and federal contracts, etc. Why should our tax dollars go to companies that are discriminating against roughly half the population?

How about every time there’s a meeting of any kind, the person in charge takes a look around the table and actually notices the ratio of men to women sitting there at the table with them? How about every time there is a trade agreement, peace treaty, or any other sort of thing being negotiated, the women affected by it have a prominent seat at that table and a voice in the negotiations? How about every time there is a diplomat or representative to be appointed or elected, we don’t ignore gender equity? This is not a hard thing to understand, so why aren’t we doing it?

We don’t need a task force to study the problem; that task force has ignored the problem for a couple of thousand years and the data is fully accumulated. When the United States’ work-family policies are compared with those of countries at similar levels of economic and political development, the United States comes in dead last. Family values? Bullshit!

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