Pay discrimination still existent

By Megan Vogt | Contributing Writer

A person’s pay is affected by several different variables including education, previous experience, and the difficulty of the occupation. April 17 was Equal Pay Day. We took a look at how far we have come in the last 100 years and where we still need to go.

In 2009, the average female made a weekly wage of $657 which is 80 percent of what the average male made in a week. Gender isn’t the only variable that matters; age, race, class, and sexual orientation play a part too. People are being discriminated against each and every day in the workplace, and it hasn’t seemed to change.

As a Gender and Women’s Studies minor, I have learned a lot just by seeing all the ways people can be discriminated against without even realizing it. Hooters, for example, only hires women who are “attractive”, have a nice body, and are able to work around people.

Why don’t we take into account that people are good servers without having big boobs and a banging body? Why don’t we look for those who aren’t just women but also men who can provide the same services? But we as a society let this form of discrimination happen and do nothing to stop it. We still eat there, support them, and enjoy ourselves.

As a society, we need to turn against our typical ways and realize that everyone is a person whether they are big or small, black or white, man or woman. If someone is qualified for the position, they deserve the position at the exact same pay as anyone else’s in doing that position already. We shouldn’t look on the outside to find the person; we need to look on the inside and find the perfect person because of who they are and not judge them by their physical features.

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