Kat H. Virginia

The pay gap

Women have always been undervalued and underpaid, this is 21st century America where equality is harped on daily. Lets start making a change for the better and pay women what they deserve.

Dear Madam President;

            As a woman you know how much women are undervalued and underpaid in todays society. You have advocated for women's rights and for the rights of the minorities. America is the land of the free, but how free can we really be if women are only getting seventy-eight cents for every dollar a white male makes? The pay gap is the only glass ceiling that we are hitting, letting American women break that glass ceiling will only let our country soar. 

          Many women today feel as if they are not on an equal playing field with their male counterparts. They chose not to pursue education for fear that a man will not love them if they come off too powerful and independent. No man has ever felt that way towards a woman because to them, they are the gold standard. "Behind every strong man is an even stronger woman"-Eleanor Roosevelt. Would it be so hard to recognize these women and pay them the same?

         Madam President you know how hard it is to break through the glass ceiling, to command that people take you seriously, and to be debased by your male counterparts. You have successfully broken through it, help the 162 million through it too. A Hispanic woman gets paid fifty-four cents for every white male's dollar, an African-American woman only gets paid sixty-four cents. By paying everyone the same, you will inadvertently decrease poverty and decrease welfare. 

         The Equal Pay Act of 1963 has been in effect for over 50 years. That is a long time for something that has been designed to help the American people overcome the wage gap to not be working. Congress has done nothing to make sure that the state and local laws abide by the Act. What good is an Act that no one has enforced for 50 years! Please consider revising the Act to include fines and jail time if companies and businesses do not abide by the rules set in place by this great country. 

          By decreasing the pay gap you will be empowering millions of women to achieve higher education, attend better schools, and finally be on a level playing field. Set them up for success, not to hit a glass ceiling. 

Thank you, 

Katherine Henk

Smithfield High School

SHS AP Lang Blocks 1 & 2

Smithfield High School, AP Language and Composition, 11th grade

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