Equal Pay Or More Pay, women will ask. Why? Because women do so much other work that is unpaid yet so valuable for society. What is this other unpaid work and what is the number of years this unpaid work takes? Sure, Happy to lay it down for you below on the occasion of Equal Pay Day in the US.
For each baby the family is blessed to have, the woman gives 9 months of her life going through all kinds of not-so-comfortable feelings. This starts with heartburns, vomiting, and nausea during the first 3 to 4 months. It evolves, in the mid-three months, to feeling tired all day and heavier by the hour, not sleeping well at night. In the last 3 months, tired becomes exhausted 24h, heavy and uneasy to the point of feeling the earth does not hold you anymore with tightness. Then the baby is born and the whole family enjoys this blessing and moves on.
Now, the world has awakened to the importance of demographics. You can see it in China’s policy increasing to 3 kids per family. You can see it in the strategic importance of Africa as the to-be most populated continent in the future, given the trends. If demographics are this important, then take care of the originator of this geopolitical and economic metric. Nations cannot get populated and their women are paying the price for it with their precarious economic state. Is this fair to you? You understand well that any job has a price. And this childbearing job is an IMPORTANT one!
Child Care for Babies and Toddlers
From 1 to 5 years in the life of the children, a lot of women give up their full-time jobs or take on 10 hours a week work to be able to care for their kids. Some are not comfortable leaving their kids in the daycare. Others find that daycare costs will wash their salary. So, they decide that it is better to do the job themselves and spend more time with their kids.
Care for Big Kids and Teenagers
After age 6, homework starts, and women invest more in this activity, watching the kids and making sure they get their homework done. They drop off the kids and pick them up from school starting from 3pm and take them to activities to grow and have fun. What work would accept a woman who has to leave work to be at school at 3pm sharp for pick up? Work did not care about that before. Maybe work would care in the future given all the conversation and change happening around the work from home, flex jobs, diversity, and scarcity of manpower. We surely hope work would care about these women, one day.
Special Care for Special Children
If you are a mother of a special needs kid or you are close to a woman who is, you will know well what I am saying here. Statistics are not capturing the percentage of women who become the main advocates, caregivers, and guardians of a child with special needs. As soon as autism hits families, the chances of divorce become really high. The rate of divorce in these families is thought to be at 90% levels. In these families, 80-90% of the time, women take the lion’s share of all care and responsibility of the special needs child or children. If you do not believe me, go to autism centers, autism schools’ parent meetings, pick up times, and family activities and see with your own eyes.
Care for Senior Parents
I was excited to find these statistics for you about the percentage of women who become the main caregiver for their senior parents. According to Pew Research, women (13%) are more likely than men (8%) to have already cared for an aging family member. I personally have low confidence in these numbers as the spread looks much wider to me. I might have the global perspective based on my experience and PEW conducted the research in the US only.
2022 Equal Pay Day
You will ask why are we talking about women’s pay. Because women’s pay is an important topic at Fujn as it relates to women’s economic independence and quality of life. Nonetheless, today, March 15, is 2022 Equal Pay Day in the US.
According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, “This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.”
“Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. It was originally called ‘National Pay Inequity Awareness Day’ and changed to Equal Pay Day in 1998.
“Because women earn less, on average than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.”
Women Warrant More Than Equal Pay
After 9-month for each pregnancy, after 5 years for babies’ care and toddlers’ care, after up to 13 years of big kids and teenagers management, women go to work to face a primitive pay system that looks at them as women. For that, they get 83 cents for each dollar men get for the same job. Can you believe this happening in 2020? 2020 sounds quite cutting edge in technology and all human rights movements. However, it is not cutting edge enough to close, and once for all the 17 cents still short in women’s paychecks for the same job.
17cents are for the active years women actually worked and we did not even include the years that women invested in unpaid work. Who will compensate women for those? especially in their 50s, 60s, 70s? Divorce, widowing, and other life events happen and women are left in the cold because the earner is no more.
Authored by Khadija Khartit
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