I’m bummed and I’m sad. It should also be noted that I’m not always anti-republican. I share some common beliefs and think there should still be middle ground. If you are offended by what I wrote, please try and give a civil debate. However, it should be no surprise to anyone that I’m liberal leaning. But I don’t think you have to be liberal leaning to support women’s rights. After all, a paycheck is nothing more than dollar signs on a piece of paper. It shouldn’t matter what your gender, religious leanings, race, or political party is. Everyone deserves a shot at fair pay for fair work.
It’s a fact that women are still being underpaid compared to their male counterparts by about 77 cents to a dollar. And while there are a lot of arguments for why this occurs, today the Senate tried to pass a bill that would have at least allowed women more freedom to discover what those reasons are, in a safe way, without fear of retaliation.
Instead, we have men, like Mr. Mitch McConnell who will never have to worry about being the main breadwinner in their family, saying things like this:
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell spoke instead on the looming fight over student loan interest rates. Asked if he was concerned about alienating women with the GOP filibuster, the Kentucky Republican said the bill opened the door to more lawsuits against employers.
“We don’t think America suffers from a lack of litigation,” McConnell said. “We have a jobless problem. We have a debt problem. We have a deficit problem. We got a lot of problems. Not enough lawsuits is not one of them.” (CBS News)
Well you know what Mr. McConnel?
I’m sorry that you think that a lawsuit from a woman who is being unfairly compensated isn’t important enough to rank in your file of lawsuits that are worth allowing. I’m sorry that you think it’s excessive. But let me tell you something, as a woman who will likely be the bread winner of her family- It’s majorly important. Epically important.
Every day that goes by that a woman is compensated less is a day she is earning less Social Security in her retirement, a day she is more worried about whether she can even afford to work when faced with child care costs, a day she is less likely to buy an extra mocha or latte, a day she cancels her hair appointment so she get a new book or food for her children.
Every day Mr. McConnell- women are being asked more and more to contribute to the economy that surrounds them. But you believe this will lead to frivolous lawsuits. Every day, Mr. McConnell is a day that I am reminded that despite some of the good ideas some Republicans can have, I could never in good conscience vote for one of you. Not while you think a woman’s right to fair compensation isn’t worth a potential lawsuit. Not while you think you have the write to choose how my uterus should be used, or whether or not my insurance should cover medicine that will give me a choice and also prevent many diseases that plague women.
You know what Mr. McConnell- this country does have a lot of problems and you and the members of your party in the senate are some of the biggest problems women have right now in America.