We have known for decades that women are treated as second class citizens because of gender inequality. Example:
Because of flagrant wage disparity, women are being paid less Social Security than men when retirement comes around. For years, women’s wages have sat at approximately 78 percent of a man’s income. This causes a big difference when collecting Social Security.
More women live below the poverty line than men because of this disparity. I believe a fair and equitable first step in correcting this injustice would be to give women on Social Security a 22 percent raise in benefits. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the deep impact unequal treatment has on a society. Inequality affects wages, medicine, laws and social relationships.
Women have been fighting for an amendment to the Constitution for equality since 1923. It states: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
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That’s it! No strings attached, just equal. So why is equality so hard to achieve? I’ve been asking myself that question all my life. I think it’s time we answer it.
Catherine Steele Smith, Fresno