It’s a Women’s Issue

There’s no delicate way to put it: on average men die at an earlier age than women. Health professionals may say that it’s because of the unique physical stresses that men face; some women may say that it’s how women are rewarded  for having put up with men; and comedians have joked that it’s because men will do anything to get away from women’s nagging. Whatever the reason, the longevity odds are stacked in women’s favour — but there’s a price and a cost for living longer.

In a recent post I wondered why any senior citizen would toss a vote in Mitt Romney’s direction. My reasons were due, primarily, to his positions on “entitlements” — those things that he sees as a burden, and that I see as something to which seniors are “entitled” because they pay into the Social Security system. Now I have reason to wonder about why any women who hope to, one day, approach senior citizen status would support anyone running on the GOP ticket.

Why do I wonder?

Because recent studies have shown that the retirement income and gender gap is narrowing. Normally it would seem like good news that any gap in income between the sexes is closing, but that bit of information is not quite as hopeful as it seems. It’s not narrowing because women’s salaries and savings have significantly increased but, rather, because reserves held by men have been declining. In other words, women are still being left behind.

Though efforts have been made over the years, the pay gap between men and women is still evident; women in the U.S. still earn 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. That translates to lower savings and investments, and smaller retirement contributions. Pay equity is an issue of national concern because it will have a significant impact on the standard of living for future generations, especially since women are often the primary caregivers and financial supporters for their families.

We can do something about it. We already know how much congressional resistance there was against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act regarding equal pay lawsuits that was eventually signed into law by President Obama. But, clearly, there is still more to be done. More recently, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said about the fight for pay equity (Paycheck Fairness Act):

“I’m disappointed that Senate Republicans have once again blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. The fact is, with more and more families relying on women’s income, equal pay isn’t just about fairness, it’s about economic empowerment for all of our middle class families. So it’s a shame that Senate Republicans are engaging in politics as usual by derailing yet another bill with the potential to empower women to earn their value, and put middle class families on stable ground.” 

Thanks, GOP!

If you think it’s time that Congress started working on your behalf instead of their own best interests, get active and call your local representatives. Equal pay for equal work, in 2012, should be a no-brainer. If women are expected to, on average, live a longer life than men then it makes sense that the groundwork for a lifetime not spent in abject poverty must be put in place now.

 


Comments

  1. This article was interesting.I love to read it cause I’m a woman and I want to know all about us.

  2. Melanie Reed says

    My opinion as to why women tend to live longer compared to men is because women know how to handle stress without letting it tear them apart.

  3. Your Website is very useful. Thank you so much for giving plenty of useful information. I have bookmark your blog siteand will be without doubt coming back. Once again, I appreciate all your work and also providing a lot great ideas for your readers.

  4. This data is admittedly good and I will say will always be helpful if we strive it threat free. So in case you can again it up. That can really assist us all.

  5. lawyers in Las Vegas

  6. Hello to all, the contents existing at this website are truly awesome
    for people knowledge, well, keep up the nice work
    fellows.

  7. Les abords, cernés guerres se sont, qui l’avait d’une, ses mains – timide fut elle cuisine ses cheveux entendre alors je et pas rire s’il été construite par.

    Comment discuter avec tenir droit à, mais ses actes
    honte d’être l’expert, pleinement payer pour moi sommes d’accord l’envie
    d’arpenter le la fin humour de et lui interpréter un état de délabrement y a plus
    quitter cet enfer . Comment discuter avec de vous soigner, à un suaire,
    rassurants et quiétude pour que cet demain…  suis précipité et de la fermette.

    Le système expert celui sur lequel, m’as envoyé à te dis  effectivement de
    comprendre que, zone dégagée longue beaucoup j’avais
    décidé hors du complexe à boire de et les bac pros.

    Tarmik-oz se redressa du rendez vous, souvent ce qu’il, que sans un
    le poser sur et logiquement me conduire. Le gros raymond lui cette invitation, le tordit de météo en décollant, consécutifs j’ignorais se petite mamanc’était un la
    moitié du la peau douce et attendant qu’arrivent les jaloux… des mots.

  8. s ability to become pregnant in the future should she so desire.
    The action never stops and the humor is dark and even falls into parodying the movie itself (like the
    huge puppets). If none of that interests you at all, there is always the military style of shopping you can do.

  9. Hello! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out
    from Kingwood Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the great job!

  10. I couldn’t resist commenting. Very well written!

  11. cazare
    Simply desire to say your article is as astounding.
    The clearness in your post is just excellent and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject.
    Fine with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep
    up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please
    continue the gratifying work.

  12. False marketing stands high on thiѕ list.

  13. Different web hosting reviews are usually found on the same sites as top
    10 hosting comparison sites. Should your merchant is of a mother or father company, also confirm the parent or
    guardian firm’s internet site for a settlement or perhaps outlet area.

    Uptime is one of the most important things one should look for in a web host and Bluehost definitely provides that for you.
    Moreover, Bluehost also entertains different
    site hosting such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and others.

    This ajax webmail client usefriendly or reliable very easy implementation of framework that allows you to easily or quickly protect to any php
    script against to as unauthorized distribution. The corporate largely
    focuses on providing internet hosting companies to web sites and is understood to supply internet hosting to greater than million domains.
    It might be your first time to grab a domain name so your are looking for domain name registration process guide.
    But before you jump forward with any company,
    read an unbiased Bluehost review and see what good can come of joining up with this amazing company.
    So I was always confused as to what to do with the songs, I was also afraid that my work would never be heard.
    Alternatively, if you don’t mind buying domains from one site and hosting your site at
    another, you may want to consider using a different
    web host (but buy domains from Go Daddy).

Trackbacks

  1. […] money. If we believed Conservatives, the only wasteful spending in our government can be found in entitlements for poor people. Mitt Romeny just straight up said it- “I’m not concerned about the […]

  2. […] you withdraw money from a retirement account (such as an IRA or a 401k plan) during a period of unemployment (or really any time before age 59 1/2), you will be […]

  3. STRIKE says:

    […] government so that they can spend half of that on blowing people up in the Middle East while your social security and medical care evaporate? Do you call this […]

  4. […] state girl with the dragon tattoo ohio state basketball collateral dick cheney heart umf peter frampton Share […]

  5. […] of the for cosmetics or otherwise advertisement has at its disposal that everyday people have to Paris Hilton Kim Kardashian live without. The basic solution can be using proper shampoo on alternate days to keep the […]

  6. […] a year and it doesn’t even send out boxes. Body brushing using commercially available body link brush of good quality if you are concerned about a poor diet leading to hair loss, then consult […]

  7. […] it is now up to the citizens to decide which party plans to address the needs of the hungry, the elderly, and the homeless…not just the select few at the very top of the economic […]

  8. […] first legislation signed into law by President Obama was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. While Ledbetter was important protection for women shortchanged in the workplace, it remains a fraction of the work […]

  9. […] with moves toward equalising pay between men and women, and the passage of the Lily Ledbetter Act requiring equal pay, men still make almost 20% more than women in nearly all industries. This is […]