Joy S. North Dakota

Equal Pay and US Debt

This letter consists of information that involves the gender pay gap and our country's debt.

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC, 205000

Dear Future President,

The president of the United States has a lot of say in our society. As the future president, there is a couple things I feel are important for you to consider. This country can change a lot in four years, and I hope it can be for the better.

Here we are, less than a month away from the 2016 election, and many women are preparing their vote. Women won that right in 1920, as hard as it was to get. By the end of the next presidency, that will have been 100 years ago. I think it would make sense that by the time that hundredth year comes, women will have equal pay. One hundred years is a generous buffer for getting everything equal, yet here we are: four years left and women are still making about 21% less according to “What’s the real gender pay gap?” from the Washington Post. I don't see any real logical reason why women should be payed less in the first place, especially when doing the exact same work. In addition, I think that the wage gap may affect people's view of women. I believe that paying women less is indirectly describing them as less valuable, which isn't right.

As of today, the country is in about 19.8 trillion dollars of debt according to US Government’s Federal Debt Clock at By the end of 2017, that's expected to become around 23.3 trillion according to the same source. This country is stuck. It seems like quite the impossible task to diminish debt, and I know I wouldn't even know where to start. That's why we need a president who can think creatively to pull those numbers down and inform everyone of our country's condition.

As the future president, I hope that you can spread awareness about both women's rights and the country's debt. I hope you consider talking to our lawmakers about equal pay laws and the importance of closing the wage gap. All people are equal and should be treated like that in their pay. You're decisions are important and affect everyone.


Joy S.

Joy S.