Why I need feminism
That would be because the Republicans know that we already have equal pay.
Not even the republicans claimed that. Actually, the Republicans openly recognized that men are paid more than women - and that it is an issue. Not to mention recent Supreme Court decisions reiterating the difference in pay for men and women. But, nice try.
If we want to get technical, there is a pay gap.
However, that pay gap isn’t caused by discrimination.
From this CONSAD report from the Bureau of Labor:
"There are observable differences in the attributes of men and women that account for most of the wage gap. Statistical analysis that includes those variables has produced results that collectively account for between 65.1 and 76.4 percent of a raw gender wage gap of 20.4 percent, and thereby leave an adjusted gender wage gap that is between 4.8 and 7.1 percent.
These variables include:
A greater percentage of women than men tend to work part-time. Part-time work tends to pay less than full-time work.
A greater percentage of women than men tend to leave the labor force for child birth, child care and elder care. Some of the wage gap is explained by the percentage of women who were not in the labor force during previous years, the age of women, and the number of children in the home.
Women, especially working mothers, tend to value “family friendly” workplace policies more than men. Some of the wage gap is explained by industry and occupation, particularly, the percentage of women who work in the industry and occupation.
Research also suggests that differences not incorporated into the model due to data limitations may account for part of the remaining gap. Specifically, CONSAD’s model and much of the literature, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics Highlights of Women’s Earnings, focus on wages rather than total compensation. Research indicates that women may value non-wage benefits more than men do, and as a result prefer to take a greater portion of their compensation in the form of health insurance and other fringe benefits.”
Oh, and of course there’s the Equal Pay Act that was passed all the way back in fucking 1963, signed by President Kennedy. Which explicitly states that it’s illegal to pay someone less on the basis of sex if they are doing the same job.
I’d say nice try, but you didn’t really try at all.