Belal K. Tennessee

Gender Wage Gap

The wage gap between men and women is a consistent problem and something needs to be done to give us all equal pay and equal rights

Dear Mr./Mrs. President,

My name is Belal Karim. I go to STEM Preparatory High School in Nashville, Tennessee. When I was in the 8th grade, one of my favorite teachers talked about an experience she had with inequality. She decided to quit a job because the employer did not pay her as much as a male counterpart even though both had the same position and level of experience and education. This is a without a doubt and measures needs to be taken to ensure our country lives up to its values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans.

On average females earn less than male workers of the same position. This is evident as according to  www.iwpr.org, "In 2015, female full-time workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent." We cannot let this stand any longer. Some steps to achieve this would be to have company wages be examined by government officials to ensure just pay. Also, a department in the government that specifically addresses inequality in the workforce would be a good way to charge the issue. These plans will ensure that business owners will be prosecuted for discrimination and intolerance towards women, and allow the group that makes up half of our population to be successful and achieve the American Dream in the same way their male peers do. With the wage gap solved, America can prosper with more money being put in the economy, and truly live up to its democratic principles.

Sincerely,

Belal Karim