The media’s story du jour is whether Hillary Clinton supporters will flee the Democratic party and vote for John McCain in November. Sure, those of us who supported Clinton (after we didn’t support her!), are still in a bit of a daze. But let’s not forget where McCain stands on so many issues that we care about.
First, he refused to return to Washington, D.C. to vote on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act when it came up for a vote in April. Second, even if he had, he would have voted against it.
As far as McCain is concerned, women shouldn’t have the right to sue their employers if they find out they’ve been getting paid less than their male counterparts. You know how hurtful that is to those big corporate profits.
But, being the compassionate kind of guy he is, he explained what we little ladies really need is to just to get a little more training — you know, some extra classes or vocational skills and then there would be no need for us to think about suing any bosses because with a little extra hard work, we can bring ourselves up to get paid as much as man!
I’m not quite sure how this will help women who have been discriminated against in getting the back pay they should be entitled to, but it gives you a sense of where McCain’s priorities are for women — pretty far down the totem poll, maybe next to his views on family planning?
So, Tuesday some “magnificently overqualified” women are going to be delivering their resumes to John McCain’s Senate office on Capitol Hill. Why? To call him out on the outright hubris of such statements. To show America the real McCain, the one who doesn’t have a lot of respect for women who work hard every day to feed their families, even as food prices soar, and to keep gas in the car, even as we race closer to $5 a gallon gas.
You can also send your resume to John McCain through a MomsRising petition, to let him know there are thousands of us out here who are plenty qualified for the jobs we have and that we still want, and need, the right to fair pay and the ability to take action against employers who believe it’s acceptable in 2008 to pay us less just because we wear skirts and shave our legs (sometimes!).
Like when I was the TV “news girl” who got paid less even though I did more work than the guys.
Like when I practiced law, and got paid less even though I billed as many hours and my work was as good, if not better, than the guys.
And like so many other women who, like Lilly Ledbetter, find out years after the fact that every time they’d been getting a paycheck to help put food on the table, some man doing the exact same job was getting paid more not because he had seniority or because his job description was different, but because he had a ‘Y’ chromosome.
Senator McCain, I’ve got a bachelor’s degree and a law degree, as well as close to 30 years of professional experience. How much more “training” do I need to make sure I get paid the same as the men you know with my education and skills?
Maybe a better question is this — would it be OK with you if one of your daughters got cheated out of her rightful salary and had no recourse? Just a little food for thought while you’re out there patronizing us on the campaign trail.
Catch me on XM Radio POTUS ’08 Channel 130 at 8:30 a.m. and on the replay in the 10 a.m. hour talking about McCain and fair pay!
Photo courtesy of MomsRising.