i am a (female) feminist. at work, my (male) coworker and I have the EXACT same job. I get all of my work done with more precision and time to spare, as opposed to my coworker. I GET PAID LESS THAN HIM BECAUSE I AM A WOMAN. I won't even get into all the ridiculous misogyny in other parts of the world besides North America that you either refuse to acknowledge, or don't think is real. it's real, and feminism needs to exist in everybody's mind, actions and words.
Prove it. Submit pictures of your hours worked and your paychecks. Prove it. that is all. FUCKING PROVE IT. Come off anon and fucking PROVE IT.
This blog is gold
Come back when you understand what “internalized” misogyny is and when you graduate from middle school
First of all, come back when you realize what “you’re a fucking idiot” means because im gonna say it to you.
Third, I am a twenty year old female, graduated from highschool with a fucking job.
Top Five Jobs Women Take:
- Secretaries and administrative assistants
- Registered nurses
- Elementary and middle school teachers
- Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
Top Five Jobs Men Take
- Law Enforcement
Lets look at the yearly salaries for women’s top five jobs:
- $50,220 X
- $67,930 X
- E: $51,380 X  M: $51,960 X
- $20,370 X
- N: $24,010 X  P:$26,880 X  HH: $20,170 X
Now lets look at the yearly salaries for men’s top five jobs:
- $28,410 X
- $119,260 X
- $55,010 X
- $45,250 X
- $53,030 X
As you can see, men lead in all but one category. Construction. Why do the male jobs pay more? Lets find out shall we?
Occupational hazards of women’s top jobs:
- Secretaries and administrative assistants X
- Muscle strain from lifting phones and typing
- Risk of stapling
- Working in a cold office increases muscle tension and encourages poor working posture as you huddle trying to stay warm.
- Registered nurses X
- Can be exposed to contagious and infectious diseases
- Can come into contact with chemicals
- violence at work
- Elementary and middle school teachers X
- Bacterial and viral infections
- Threatened with injury
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Mental stress
- Cashiers X
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Back pain
- Swollen feet
- Leg pain
- Normal exposure to colds and flu
- Shoulder and neck pain
- Sleep problems (if working the night shift)
- Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
- Nursing Aide X
- Infection control
- Back injuries
- Hazardous materials
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Psychiatric Aide X
- Minor infections
- Major diseases
- Home Health Aide X
- Exposure to communicable diseases
- Above average risk of infection
Occupational hazards of men’s top jobs:
- Construction X
- Falls from working at height,
- Crush injuries in excavation work,
- Slips and trips,
- Being struck by falling objects,
- Moving heavy loads,
- Bad working positions, often in confined spaces,
- Being struck or crushed by a workplace vehicle,
- Receiving injuries from hand tools,
- Inhalation of dust,
- Handling of rough materials,
- Exposure to dangerous substances (chemical and biological),
- Working near, in, or over water,
- Exposure to radiation,
- Loud noise,
- Vibration from tools or vibrating machinery.
- Engineering X
- The Operation of Plant Regulations and Approvals
- The Operation of Conveyors and Bulk Materials Handling Systems
- The Operation of Winding and Lifting Plan
- The Safe Operation of Mobile Plant
- The Failure of Structures
- Inadequate Operator Protection on Mobile Plant
- Contact with Moving or Rotating Plant
- Safe Access to Mechanical Plant and Structures
- Inadequate Energy Dissipation and Isolation
- The use of Fluid Power Systems
- Circumstances Leading to Uncontrolled Fires
- The Ignition of Flammable and Explosive Substances
- Fire and/or Explosion Initiated by Plant in or Near Hazardous Zones or Hazardous Areas
- The Handling, Transportation and use of Dangerous Goods
- Exposure to Hazardous and Toxic Substances
- Exposure to Noise, Vibration and Temperature
- The use of Cutting and Welding Equipment
- Working in Confined Spaces and Restricted Areas
- Police Officer X
- Possibility of attack
- Physically taxing tasks
- Stresses of being exposed to negative events in the lives of others
- Auto accidents while on duty either pursuing a suspect
- Risk of being shot at or stabbed
- Firemen X
- Damage to lungs from smoke
- Physical strain
- Electricians X
- Exposure to lead, solvents, solder, and other toxic materials.
- Risk of electrical burns and fatal electrical shock.
- Increased risks of injury from working in confined spaces.
- Exposure to toxic welding fumes and ultraviolet radiation.
- Exposure to extreme temperatures with attendant risks of frostbite and heat stress.
- Injury from work in awkward positions, repetitive manual tasks, and lifting heavy objects.
- Exposure to toxic molds, fungi, and bacteria.
- Risk of infections and diseases from exposure to bird or rodent droppings.
- Risks of falling from working at heights.
- Risk of eye injury from flying particles.
- Injuries from slips, trips and falls.
- Injuries from working with hand tools, power tools and equipment.
- Stress and risk of increased injury from shift work or extended work days.
- Exposure to asbestos with attendant risks of cancer and lung disease.
As you can see, the jobs men take more often have a high risk of death and serious mental stress. The jobs that women take more often have a low risk of death and have instead minors risks such as body aches and disease. From the top five jobs by gender, you can see women tend to take safer jobs while men tend to take more dangerous jobs. The danger of those jobs must be taken into account and the people working in those dangerous jobs must be compensated.
The wage gap you hear about is an average of the entire nation. It does not represent a man and a woman in the same job field. It represents every single man and every single women in the USA. That is why it is called average. As you can see, women tend to take lower paying jobs while men tend to take higher paying jobs.
If you really are getting paid less because you’re a woman you can sue your boss or company and there is a very high chance that you will win your case.
If there’s something illegal happening to you and all you do is whine on Tumblr instead of reporting it like you can and should…the only one holding you back is you. Not the “patriarchy” not “men”…you.
OH. MY. GOD. ALL OF THIS.
I never really understood what people wanted to do about this as well. Pass an equal pay act like the one we already passed 50 years ago?
Well, here’s the thing. While I don’t refute her information about the dangers of being a construction worker, I think her stance on the wage gap comes from one narrow avenue that doesn’t have the depth to actually address the problem.
For one, she’s assuming the top 5 jobs for men and women are representative of all the jobs men and women have, and the trend of low-risk, non-lethal jobs for women are consistent throughout all jobs. (by the way, I take issue with “The jobs that women take more often have a low risk of death and have instead minors risks such as body aches and disease.” Because disease is terrifying. You can’t punch meningitis)
For another, there is an underlying assumption that women just choose low-paying, low impact jobs, without taking to account the opposition that women face in many of the highest paying fields, like engineering, hard science, and medicine. For example: there was an experiment where Yale professors were presented with applications for students applying for lab management positions, where half of the scientists were given an application with a male name, the other half with a female name. Results showed that the scientists given a female application were rated lower than the male applications in terms of competence, hireability, and whether or not the scientist would be willing to mentor the student. The female students who were hired were also offered a much lower starting wage.
Women also, on average, aren’t given the same opportunities to succeed and to move forward. The list of female CEOs on the Fortune 500 is a whopping 26 out of 500.
Most importantly, one has to consider the way women are paid BY job in comparison to men. In most cases, unsurprisingly, men are paid more than women. Even in elementary/middle school teaching, a field “””dominated””””” by women, men are still paid 91.3% (as of 2012) of what men are paid. Sure, it’s not the “77 cents to the dollar” statistic that is often toted around (which also has fault for being non-specific), but it’s still a pretty significant 10~%. The neat thing about this study is that they looked at the 20 most common jobs for women, as well as the 20 most common jobs for men.
By the way, the list of the most common jobs for men happen to also include Managers, First-line supervisors of retail sales, Janitors and building cleaners, Retail salespersons, Software developers, Chief executives, Grounds maintenance , Stock clerks, General and operations managers, Automotive service technicians, and Electricians. None of which are what I would necessarily call “danger-filled.”
And of course, all this isn’t even touching the way the pay gap interacts with women of different races, which is a whole other mess.
In conclusion the wage cap is a complicated and multifaceted thing that I think people should be aiming to fix, not to refute.
Also legislature isn’t always effective, blah blah blah, it’s not in everyone’s best interests to sue the company they work for because legal proceedings are costly, blah blah blah, the equal pay act only ensures you can’t be sexist on paper and officially but it doesn’t change the reality of the situation, blah blah blah, regardless of the equal pay act there is still sexism and stigma in the work force that exists
If you want to know what to do my recommendation would be to get educated about the wage gap in a comprehensive way!