Dear Future President,
I would like to talk to you about women’s rights. The constitution supports men and women’s equal rights, but does our society? In section 1 of the Equal Rights Amendment it states “ Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” This law has not thoroughly been enforced in some schools and work sites according to several websites and personal experience. Some work sites don’t take equal pay seriously. In the article "Wait, Women Don’t Have Equal Rights in the United States?" by Tabby Biddle, it states how women make 73-78 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Also, for a full time job, women earn 80% of the earnings of men, this is why 75% of elderly Americans living in poverty are women. Women are earning the majority of undergraduate and graduate degrees by 60%, while at the same time women make up the majority of the poor in America, if men and women got paid equally this would not be happening. According to The Shiver Report 1 out of 3 women are living in poverty or on the brink of poverty.
Some people seem to favor certain genders, which should not be tolerated. Some boys seem to have a mindset that girls can’t play sports just because of gender. When girls feel that they want to be included the whole game has to stop and get argued about. Often, when a girl starts a game, boys can jump right in with no question asked. There have been comments I have heard such as… “We don’t want YOU on our team!”; “You are not good at sports!!” It’s not just students doing this, some adults have participated in this catastrophe. There have been times when males have been favored to participate in demonstrating. I would like equal rights to be thoroughly established.
Thank you for your cooperation, I hope this letter changes some people’s judgment on gender inequality.