Every single Republican senator including Susan Collins (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas) voted to block an up or down vote against the Paycheck Fairness Act. The purpose of the Paycheck Fairness Act is to ensure that businesses pay women equally as they do men. This should have been an easy vote not only for women in the Senate but for every person in the Senate.
Republicans again have opted to support corporate interest over middleclass women interest. Their silence in effect denies women complete rights to seek pay equity. They claim the bill would create a litigious atmosphere and of course that would impact their bottom line. The fact is, if corporations are not stiffing women from their male comparable wages, there should be nothing to fear.
This stance is not at all surprising. Corporations have many methods they use for profit maximization. Employees, generally middleclass employees are where corporations can continuously extract more profits. They do this either directly or indirectly.
Women have always been discriminated against. As such many have been simply happy to have a job and are generally scared to either ask for raises or validate whether they are being paid comparatively with their male counterparts. Corporations use this fear against women and it is for this reason that women make $0.77 on the dollar relative to men.
Everyone has mother, a sister, cousin, a grandmother, or a niece that is or will be affected by this type of discrimination. That a party would disregard this reality is morally reprehensible.
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