Using the literary appeal of logos, the rhetorical device of exposition, and syntactic strategies to establish the tone, Meghan Werft convinces her audience that a wage gap between men and women exists, and that the action of granting equitable pay can also benefit global and local economies. At the beginning of the article “10 Reasons Women Need Equal Pay, and are Still Fighting for it”, Werft uses the literary appeal of logos by providing statistics and facts that unquestionably show a wage gap between men and women continues to plague women globally. Werft provides figures that show “women earn an average of 23% less than male counterparts in the same position, with the same experience” (Werft). Along with figures, Werft uses professionally acquired estimates to show the amount of money, between twelve trillion and twenty-three trillion dollars, that can be added the global gross domestic product if the pay
Why Are Women Paid Less? —— It Is Not an Issue Only About Discrimination That Simple According to a survey by North American Industry System(NAICS), based on average wages, all workers in 2014 including full-time and part-time, women earned just 75.3% compared to men. As more and more women enter the labor market, this issue is increasingly attached great importance, and whether this issue relates to discrimination is the biggest concern. In his article, Mark Perry, the professor of economics and finance, argues if the gender wage gap is caused by discrimination. In his opinion, simply claim that women are paid less due to discrimination is “fundamentally misleading” and “economically illogical.” There are more factors that affects this issue.
As the years fly by, it seems as if a push towards gender equality grows larger and larger. This can be thanks to the active members of society, but capitalism as well should get a pat on the shoulder. More and more companies attempt to hire female workers so they don’t seem so male oriented. And this effort in fact works. According to Reihan Salam, an author for Forbes, one consequence of the high demand of female labor is “that male wage growth has been relatively restrained since the 1970s just as women’s wages have increased dramatically from a low starting point” (Salam).
Foremost of all, women spend a sizable portion of their income, which leads to higher demand. This causes spillages in the economy, which contributes to economic growth. Another way to say this is how Kate Bahn puts it, “In fact, comparing it to the current top priority of the GOP—tax cuts for the wealthy—equal pay would put twice as much income back into our economy as their current proposed tax cuts.” (Bahn, 2017, p.1) This means that two times as much more money our economy would have by now, if equal
In our present time, with equality being a prevalent topic, it seems traditional societal values are shifting. However, our society isn’t evolving at the rate certain groups are satisfied with. Although progress has been made in past decades, women are still facing the same inequality now as they were sixty years ago. Make no mistake, those who face oppression have risen up. Females have managed to challenge the world’s conscious, by demanding equality to their male counterparts (qtd.
In this article, she talks about women work, and the will to lead. Sandberg, a feminist/mentor, explains the inferiority that women feel to men and why it is women feel this way. She uses example of her grandmother to illustrate the gender inequalities that were present women. "Gielie," as her grandmother was called, set high standards for the next female generation of her family education was emphasized, extracurricular activities were encouraged, and being successful was necessary. Sandberg uses statistics to show that highly trained women are drooping out of the workplace at a rapid place because of the fear they have their male opponents.
At some point, we as women are bound to hit a breaking point. An article by Columbia University describes what happens when women try to balance all of this at once. The article explains that Johnathan Platt, a Ph.D. student in Epidemiology at Columbia University, created a survey and found that when women make less than their male counterparts not only are they two and a half times more likely to experience depression but also as much as four times more likely to deal with anxiety (“Wage”). As if disturbing our mental health is not enough, I believe the gender wage gap also affects our self-confidence as women. For women, we do not need another excuse to feel that we are inadequate, especially because we are told daily; however, the gender wage gap does just that.
Mike Honda once said, “Equal pay isn’t just a women’s issue; when women get equal pay, their family incomes rise and the whole family benefits.” Honda is making it clear that when women receive a lower pay than their male counterparts, it is not only the exploitation towards women, but a disadvantage to their household. It is common for industries to have a women’s salary be less than that of her equal male colleague. However, with unequal pay being an issue for many years, and the increase of violence in the United States, will this issue ever be truly solved? The medical field is among the top five industries with the largest gender wage gap. The gender wage gap is an existing issue in education.
Additionally, the younger workers are more likely to have acquired the latest technological skills. Seeing that most older workers are better paid due to their years of service, they can often take up the amount of money a company would pay to a young employee (Hodson & Sullivan, 2008). The United States of America has learnt that prejudice against women (sexism) and against race (racism) was costly to society. Productivity suffered. Cultural sensibility was offended.
As women were getting more involved with the workforce, stricter laws were being passed, and there was a minimum wage for women in most provinces. Moving on, Collin wrote, "Life was good for those with work, and it seemed to be getting better year by year" (Bain, 2005). As more women were starting to work, they were earning money, and life was getting better for them because they were able to afford more. Working women were at a point where they were overtaking the population of working men. Since people were starting to accept more women, they’re working habits got better, more women were being employed, they were earning more money, and they were trying to fulfill their