Letters to the Editor

Women deserve Social Security raise

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.”

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

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