Why Did Republicans Vote Down Equal Pay for Women?

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  1. Dr Billy Kidd profile image94
    Dr Billy Kiddposted 7 years ago

    Why Did Republicans Vote Down Equal Pay for Women?

    The Republicans in the Senate voted against a bill that would have helped women benefit from the 1963 Equal Pay Act. Employers would have had to prove that it was job performance, not discrimination, that created the pay difference. It would have also banned employers from firing people who discussed the amount of their paychecks. Are the Republican’s simply anti-women or are they so pro-business that people get kicked to the side of the road on issues like this?

  2. peeples profile image93
    peeplesposted 7 years ago

    I think when it comes down to it their vote had nothing to do with women. The government should not be able to tell a business who they can hire or how much they should have to pay someone. The government need to stay out of business or our economy will never improve. We need less government control not more. Employers should have the right to have any rules and pay they want without endangering anyone's life.

    1. Dr Billy Kidd profile image94
      Dr Billy Kiddposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I agree to a part. But to make the case by example for some regulation: Jobs in Russia list whether a woman is expected to go to bed with the boss. That may now be regulated, but I have not heard so. In the U.S. it is. Is pay really different?

    2. peeples profile image93
      peeplesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I have never been paid different based on me being female. I have been paid less because I had less experience but I have never even known someone who had this issue. Also here thanks to sexual harasment rules there's no sleeping with the boss.

  3. Cassie Smith profile image62
    Cassie Smithposted 7 years ago

    We have had several bills that attempt to try to close the pay gap between what women and men are paid.  Often these bills overlook that individuals make many decisions regarding their careers and jobs that cumulatively show up as a pay gap, it's not that women are being paid less or that men are being paid more, it's a reflection of the choices that men and women make and how the job fits into their family structure, lifestyle, etc.

    1. Dr Billy Kidd profile image94
      Dr Billy Kiddposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I wish I knew more about it. That sounds reasonable, but women with lifetime careers, who do not have children, have been reported to receive less. I think its just a macho country and we're all used to it. No so in Sweden. Equal pay for equal work.

    2. Cassie Smith profile image62
      Cassie Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      women with lifetime careers can also make individual choices that contribute to the accumulated gender pay gap.

  4. LandmarkWealth profile image74
    LandmarkWealthposted 7 years ago

    I think it had to do with the fact that the stats are very misleading.  Dr Thomas Sowell did a lot of work on this with a detailed statistical analysis.  There is no real evidence that there is any substantive discrepancy. In reality he found due to gender norms it is more common for women in the same job to often take more time off and work less total hours to care for their families and take on many nurturing responsibilites that most often men don't do. While this is very comendable it does not mean the employer is treating anyone unfailrly.  Hence when you measure pay by the job description men do make more.  When you measure pay by hours worked, substantively, there was really no difference. 

    As you can imagine, congress getting involved in this could potentially hand down all kinds of mandates forcing employers to pay someone more money for less work.  The would create all kinds of economic distortions and probably make it harder for a women to actually get hired.

    1. Dr Billy Kidd profile image94
      Dr Billy Kiddposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I can imagine Congress ruining everything, yes!

  5. ginosblog profile image64
    ginosblogposted 7 years ago

    Why does the Government do anything. Why have they spent so much time on the subject of Gays, why are they so against you protecting yourself with weapons in the home? Why have they tried to destroy the traditional marriage ideal? Why have they wasted so much money? Why are they not drilling for oil in America and creating millions of jobs? Why do they want to allow women to have abortions because "it's a girl"? Why did Obama allow Pelosi to waste so much money on trips back and forth to California? Why is the meat head from Nevada such a jerk? Who knows why the Government does anything. We can change the situation come voting time. There is big money behind what the Government does that we know nothing about because the Media has their nose so far up Obama's butt we will never know why they do anything. They act like most of them fell off the turnip truck yesterday. If a woman does the same thing a man does they should have equal pay. End of story. On the other hand, should a woman buy their on drinks and open their own doors, and buy their own engagement rings and jewelry then a man wouldn't need the extra money. What do you think?

    1. Dr Billy Kidd profile image94
      Dr Billy Kiddposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I really like the question, "why does the government do anything?" It's like nobody knows!

  6. wingedcentaur profile image82
    wingedcentaurposted 7 years ago

    Hi Dr. Billy Kidd!

    The only thing I can think of is this: It must be the influence of the Religious Right over the Republican party these days (actually for thirty years now). As you know, religious conservatives/fundamentalists believe that the proper order of things is for the woman to be subservient, obedient, dependent upon and inferior to the man. This ideology believes that it is the job of men to 'take care of' women economically, to be the 'breadwinner,' as it were.

    From this point of view, then, equal pay for women goes directly against the will of God.

    1. LandmarkWealth profile image74
      LandmarkWealthposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      The christian tenet is actually that husband and wife are to be subservient to eachother.That's a bit of a distortion of the views of people of faith.Nevertheless there is no such evidence of anysubstantial pay gap as implied. Also Read Warren Farell

    2. wingedcentaur profile image82
      wingedcentaurposted 7 years agoin reply to this


      There are many different ways to interpret the 'Christian tenet.' That's why we have so many denominations of Christianity. The Religious Right in America seem to interpret 'God's will,' as calling for the subordination of women.

    3. LandmarkWealth profile image74
      LandmarkWealthposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I think you have greatly misread the christian Right or Left.  If that where the case why does the "Right" promote more women to high ranking political positions than the "Left". I have seen no evidence of this from either poilitcal party.


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