All this talk about feminism gaining popularity, empowering women all across the globe, the advocacy of equality…it sounds great, right? Well, unsurprisingly enough, there are always the select few who don’t jump on board. The notion of antifeminism is becoming more prevalent than I would have ever thought possible. It is paradoxical for a woman to be antifeminist. It is voting Republican when you are for women’s rights, it is a person of color in the Ku Klux Klan, and it is a woman saying she does not value herself enough to fight for equality. As a feminist, I feel obligated to debunk some of the more popular ideas circulating about antifeminism. Continue reading “Debunking Antifeminism”
So if feminism is supposed to be a movement of solidarity, why then is there still such a division amongst women? We are quick to recall Susan B. Anthony and Rosie the Riveter when we think of feminism, but often forget about Audre Lorde, Dolores Huerta, and Julia de Burgos. As a Latina, I have fought the struggles of both sexism and racism and feel that it is important to recognize that the two are very much interrelated. If as feminists we are going to fight for equality, it should be equality for all people– not just that of white women.
Being a woman of color, it has been difficult to “pick a side,” so to speak, when defending my rights as a woman and as a Latina. It is disheartening to me when I see and experience division between each of the movements. I’ll admit I was even a little discouraged at signing up to write for this blog when I went to the first meeting and was surrounded by all white females. I chose to stay to represent my underrepresented race, and am proud that I did. Continue reading “On Being a Non-White Feminist”
For the longest time, I naïvely thought wages were equal for everyone. I assumed that two people performing the same job and producing the same outcome would be paid the same. Seems like common sense, right? It wasn’t until later in my life that I learned about pay inequality and the negative impact it has on women. Creating a more egalitarian work environment has been a primary focus of the women’s rights movement for decades, but we still have far to go.
According to U.S. Census Bureau data, women on average make a whopping 23 percent less than men while performing the same job with the same level of education. This report takes into account occupation, parenthood, majors, and hours worked to show that women working full-time are already starting to make less–7 percent less, in fact–than their male counterparts just one year after graduating from college. Women with the same credentials are doing the same work and producing the same outcomes, but are being paid completely different wages. Skeptics might argue that the 7 percent difference isn’t really an issue, and doesn’t need to be addressed. But the fact of the matter is, that wage difference comes into play immediately after graduation, almost always within the first year. The percentage in wage difference rises as women move up the ranks to hold higher positions of authority. I’m pretty sure that those who benefit from gender-based wage disparity, and think that 7 percent isn’t a big deal, wouldn’t be willing to give up that extra income. Think about the women who are currently performing the same jobs as men, with equal qualifications and levels of success in the positions they hold, struggling to pay off student loans and make ends meet. According to the article, Graduating to Pay Gap:
“Among full-time workers repaying loans one year after college graduation, more than half of women (53%) compared with 39% of men were paying more than what they could reasonable afford toward their debt.”
Women are having a harder time getting themselves out of debt, just one of the many statistics that provide irrevocable proof that the wage gap is still alive and thriving. Continue reading “The Truth About the Pay Gap”