Equal pay in the workforce is important to me, because I think this is one of the various aspects of gender equality. It is important that women receive an equal wage at work, because lower earnings make it harder for women to take care of their families, and it’s simply not fair. After researching about this issue, I learned that women in the United States earn around 80 cents for every dollar men earn, which doesn’t make any sense to me, because payments should be based on the experience and skills rather than gender. I decided to write about this topic, because my aunt who is a single mom raising two kids on her own is having a difficult time providing all the basic needs for her family, including food, education, and child care. According to the Institute For Women’s Policy Research, the increase in wage would “reduce levels of poverty for single mothers by over 50 percent and the income would rise by 13.4 percent.” If there is no wage gap, my aunt wouldn’t have to work 24/7 harder than men to support her family, and I think the equal pay would definitely help her and other single moms in the U.S. As I research this topic, I notice that this issue has faded in our society as time goes along, but I hope this issue will soon be brought about. I would like to research more about this issue, because I believe that women have the same ability to support their families with fair and equal wages.
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