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During The Progressive Era

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Throughout the ages women have faced varying degrees of sexism and during the progressive era this was a very prominent issue, women had finally had enough of being treated as second class compared to white males and simply males in general. They weren’t allowed to vote, own property if married, they were extremely restricted in what types of jobs they could get and often encouraged to just stay home, not to mention the large wage gap between white males and white females ensuring that on their own women would be hard pressed to survive. In many of the divorce cases the women were still required to take care of the children even though the male technically had custody. Sexism all though not as prominent today is still a very big issue, ranging…show more content…
“women should be discouraged from working for wages, as the resultant labor market competition could lower wages for male heads of household; and women needed to abstain from workplaces to uphold their duties as “mothers of the race,” and to provide for other unpaid services in the home.” Novak, Mikayla. "Gender Hierarchy during the Progressive Era: Thoughts and Practices." Libertarianism. N.p., 11 Feb. 2015. Web. 24 Oct. 2016. With the clear gender roles in place it was hard for females to get jobs, espilacy well paying jobs were they weren’t constantly put down. It was even worse for females of color as discrimination ran rampant during the progressive era, with lynchings, police brutality, mobs, and other dangers out in the world females of color were degraded for not only being women but for being of a different ethnicity. “Comparison, black women only narrowed that gap by 9 cents, from earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white man in 1980 to 65 cents today.” "Racial, Gender Wage Gaps Persist in U.S. despite Some" N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2016 This quote shows that even though women are still being paid less as a whole it is the women with different ethnicities that have it the worst. Another quote similar to the one above also points out facts and statistics to prove that women of color are treated even worse than white women, “By 2013,…show more content…
It only became illegal in to pay women less than men however it still occurs today through. “No employer having employees subject to any provisions of this section shall discriminate, within any establishment in which such employees are employed, between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees in such establishment at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to employees of the opposite sex in such establishment for equal work on jobs the performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions,” "The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA)." N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2016. Although the law is clear in this matter females are still paid less than men under the guise of other reasons, like a series of Jim Crow laws for females to prevent them from being paid as much as males. This act however is hardly ever followed and even those proven to have disobeyed the law usually get away with it. In the U.S there is still people who disbelieve the fact that women are still paid less than men women however have fired back at such people commenting on how it’s technically illegal to pay women less. For example a tumblr post respond to men insisting that women are paid equal to men. The tumblr user responded and I quote, “Do you know what’ else is illegal? Meth. Do you know what people still do? Meth” Perfectly
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