Sadhbh Walshe (film-maker and CiF’s go-to gal for articles on how awful the US prison system is) is branching out, tackling the thorny subject of women’s pay ‘inequality’:
To modernize Jane Austen’s famous line: it is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of a good fortune must have married or inherited it.Well, OK, she may have earned it, but even if she did, the average fortune a US woman will accumulate over her working lifetime falls far short of what a man will make – a ratio of 36 cents to a dollar, actually.
This wealth gap between genders is attributable to many factors, including (but not limited to) conscious and unconscious bias on the part of employers and institutionalized discrimination via the pay gap. Society might not yet be ready for the soul-searching required to tackle the former, but getting substantive legislation in place to tackle the latter would be a most welcome first step.
The good news is that in New York state, at least, solid moves are underway to close the pay gap. They could not come a moment too soon.New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, recently announced his Women’s Equality Act, a key feature of which is to close the wage gap.
Oooh, good choice, Ms Walshe! With the razor-sharp minds of New York State legislators to work on this, what could possibly go wrong?