Monday, June 3, 2013

Speak for Yourself, Marsha Blackburn, on Whether Women Want Equal Pay

Posted By on Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 5:18 AM

Marsha Blackburn went on Meet the Press and pontificated about how women don't care about equal pay for equal work:

AXELROD: How about pay equity laws to ensure that women are treated fairly in the workplace?

BLACKBURN: I think that more important than that is making certain that women are recognized by those companies. You know, I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be given a job because I was a female, I wanted it because I was the most well-qualified person for the job. And making certain that companies are going to move forward in that vein — that is what women want. They don’t want the decisions made in Washington. They want to be able to have the power and the control and the ability to make those decisions for themselves.

"The power and the control and the ability to make those decisions for themselves?!" What the fuck? Yes, and I would also like a pony. But how does Marsha Blackburn propose women are going to get those things? Do we just wish really hard for them?

As Sy Mukherjee at Think Progress points out:

The problem is that many of those women aren’t placed on equal footing with their male counterparts once they’re hired. Contrary to Blackburn’s insinuation, paycheck and workplace equity legislation isn’t about affirmative action — it’s about making sure that employers don’t discriminate against their workers on the basis of gender. Women in full-time, year-round jobs only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes for the same level of work.

But more than that, I've never met a conservative who has a problem with a person hearing about a job at his cousin's firm and putting in an application. Or with a guy's uncle getting him an interview someplace. If a conservative gets into Harvard because his dad went there, you don't hear a lot of other conservatives acting like there's been some big injustice. And how many of us have suffered under the management of the boss's son or nephew?

So, really, is it so bad for those of us who don't have a well-connected blood relative to ask our Uncle Sam to look out for us and make sure we get a fair shake?

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