Thanks to the Prince William Muckraker blog for bringing this matter to light. First of all, what would it have cost the county to recognize Gender Pay Inequality Day? Absolutely nothing.
Nice speech, Ms. Lawson, nice speech. Gag! I am embarrassed for the supervisor. I graduated from college when there was darn little open to me other than education. Shame on you then, Ms. Lawson, for not trying to improve the pay for the educators in Prince William County. Your voting record points to trying to keep education labeled one of those low paying jobs.
Ms. Lawson’s logic is flawed and defies most statistical information. Women make less, on average, than men do. There are a multitude of reasons why. In fact, many reasons go back to the fact that yes, women get pregnant. That’s the reason that until the 70’s, women were pretty much relegated to the steno pool. Companies didn’t want to invest in their training because women got married and had babies. We have come a long way since those “Mad Men” days but there is still a ways to go.
Does Ms. Lawson understand that many women aren’t in the position to make career choices? Not everyone goes to college. How about those women who don’t go to college. Let’s compare them to men who don’t go to college. Here is where there is a huge differential in pay. Men can often make up income differences by working skilled labor jobs that just really aren’t open up to women. Hell, even the military had a glass ceiling until very recently. (actually it still does, culturally)
Lawson also throws around words like “liberal” and “feminist” as though these were bad labels. Ms. Lawson acted like she was picking up chicken crap with her fingers as she said them. Lawson not only contributes to her own oppression–she also just contributed to the oppression of every woman in Prince William County. Many of us do espouse liberal thinking and do define ourselves as feminists and without apology.
Frank Principi is correct about this issue. I thank him for having the sensitivity to attempt to pass this resolution, It was a small, symbolic gesture that women deserve equal pay for equal work. Some of our board of supervisor members can’t even shed their “elect me, I’m a conservative” mantle long enough to acknowledge that not all women in our society receive equal pay for equal work. To those supervisors, I say “SCREW YOU” — Supervisors Ruth Anderson (R-Occoquan), Pete Candland (R-Gainesville), and Corey Stewart (R-At Large) and of course, Jeanine Lawson, (R-Brentsville). What cave did you all just crawl out of?
Such a small gesture….and you blew it.