While Republicans Try To Send Women Back to The Kitchen, Obama Fights For Equal Pay

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President Obama took and even tougher stand for equal pay today, while, at the same time, Republicans are doing their best to send women back to the kitchen.

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During his weekly address, the president said:

Today, women make up about half of our workforce, and more than half of our college graduates. More women are now their families’ main breadwinner than ever before.

But in a lot of ways, our economy hasn’t caught up to this new reality yet. On average, a woman still earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man does. And too many women face outdated workplace policies that hold them back – which in turn holds back our families and our entire economy.

A woman deserves to earn equal pay for equal work, and paid leave that lets you take a day off to care for a sick child or parent. Congress needs to act on these priorities.

And when women hold most lower-wage jobs in America, Congress needs to raise the minimum wage. Because no woman who works full-time should ever have to raise her children in poverty.

Now, the good news is that in the year since I first called on Congress to raise the minimum wage, six states have passed laws to raise theirs. More states, counties, and cities are working to raise their minimum wages as we speak. Small businesses like St. Louis-based Pi Pizzeria, are raising their wages too – not out of charity, but because it’s good for business. And by the way, Pi makes a really good pizza. And in this year of action, I signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their employees a fair wage of at least ten dollars and ten cents an hour.

But if we’re truly going to reward the hard work of every American, Congress needs to join the rest of the country and pass a bill that would lift the federal minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents an hour. This wouldn’t just raise wages for minimum wage workers – its effects would lift wages for nearly 28 million Americans across this country. It will give businesses more customers with more money to spend, and grow the economy for everybody. So call up your Member of Congress and let them know it’s time for “ten-ten.” It’s time to give America a raise.

A true opportunity agenda is one that works for working women. Because when women succeed, America succeeds. We do better when everyone participates, and when everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead. That’s what opportunity means – and it’s why I’ll keep fighting to restore it.

While the president is fighting for equal pay, this week alone we have seen a fundraiser for Mitch McConnell say that wives have an obligation to have sex with their husbands, and Texas Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott vow to veto the state’s equal pay bill, while he is paying women in his office even less than the 77 cents on the dollar national average. Speaker of the House John Boehner refuses to bring the Paycheck Fairness Act to the House floor for a vote, and Republicans at every level of government are making denying women equal pay a staple of their agenda.

President Obama pointed out at an event in Florida that soon women will make up the majority of the nation’s highly educated workforce. Republicans have responded to this march of progress by trying to force women back into the kitchen. By charting this course, Republicans are making the choice easy for women. Only one political party is fighting for women to earn equal pay for equal work. The Republican stance is that the country was better off when women were at home cooking dinner and raising the babies. That’s not going to fly in the 21st Century.

What the GOP refuses to comprehend is that the 1950s were better for the old white men who are the Republican Party’s base, but it was an awful time for everyone else. Republicans are trying to go all Stone Age and drag women by the hair back to the cave, while President Obama and the Democrats understand that women deserve to be equal partners in the opportunity culture of our economy.

Women deserve better, and they will hopefully flex their political muscles by voting against the Leave It To Beaver Republicans this November.

18 Replies to “While Republicans Try To Send Women Back to The Kitchen, Obama Fights For Equal Pay”

  1. Most women cant go back to the kitchen today because of the Republican party’s actions and its policies. They and their families would all starve to death if they did. In my opinion.

  2. Mitch McConnell is the head mansplaining fool.

    Women want equal pay for equal work.

    Period.

    No excuses
    No rationalizations
    No ifs ands or buts
    No blaming the victim
    No “because women secretly WANT to be in the kitchen”
    no “you have kids so you’re on the mommy track”
    No “women just aren’t good negotiators”

    NO excuses.

  3. And yet republican women will chose to keep watching FUX and wash it down with a limbaugh chaser!! republican women are exactly like the woman who gets their lights clocked out by a boyfriend or husband and puts on the Foster Grants to foolishly attempt to disguise the beat downs. I get the “Stand By Your Man” stuff but how can you stand by your man when he keeps knocking you THE F_CK OUT? republican women are very strange people. Loretta Lynn was’nt talking about republican women, that’s for sure!!

  4. I wish someone in the repub party would tell that crap to Hillary Clinton. She has more intelligence and bigger cojones than anyone they can put forward. Bottom line;
    EQUAL WORK EQUAL PAY

  5. Republican are not known for being introspective, much less logical. If they had their way, all families except the very wealthy would either become impoverished or sink even deeper into poverty with no way out. In the world they envision, women would have no birth control and would be giving birth until their bodies gave out. Men would have to work for barely subsistence wages at more than one job for any hope of supporting very large families. They are so stuck on the view of families from the 1950’s and before that it’s impossible for them to acknowledge that women are educated beyond just the ability to be housewives. It’s also impossible for them to admit that all too often, it takes 2 incomes for families to stay afloat. In that world, those of us who are members of racial and/or religious minorities would stay in what they would call our “place,” with no hope of improving our collective lots. By contrast, President Obama’s endeavors address 21st century facts.

  6. You can’t go back to the kitchen when there’s nothing to cook.

    I add: you can’t be a stay-at-home mom when you’ve lost your home, either.

  7. Its become so transparent what Obama and Democrats are doing. By framing everything into a women’s issue, liberals can misogyny if a Republican has a legitimate and logical opposition to some of these proposed polices. Not surprisingly, White House surrogates like MSNBC have resurrected their war on women propaganda.This is text book ‘hurt and rescue’. Democrats invent an imaginary problem and insist if you vote for them they’ll save you. Truth is, they really don’t care about women because they find it necessary to manipulate them just to stay in power. Its nothing more than desperation.

  8. So women that don’t receive equal pay and have no rights to their own bodies is a imaginary problem? The stupid runs deep in you

  9. Some people are already working more than 1 job to try and make a go of it. Women need to open there eyes and vote for their own betterment, but I truly believe they will still vote against helping themselves. Sad but true.

  10. So, explain to us what Democrats are voting for personhood amendments or against including birth control in health care. Tell us what Democrats have made stupid remarks about “legitimate rape” or claimed that women should not get equal pay. Misogyny as part of the GOP’s platform IS real, and no amount of denial of those facts or projecting Republican misogyny onto Democrats changes these realities. That open misogyny is also what keeps costing Republicans many elections.

  11. I don’t know where you are living but it is the Republican/Teabaggers that have turned everything into womens’ issues beginning with our rights to decide what is right for our bodies. Also, why are women not entitled to the same amount of pay for the same job. We had to study just as hard as our male counterparts did to get an education which cost us the same money as it cost them. I see nothing in the Bible or in the Constitution that says because men have different appendages that they are any better than a woman. Only difference I can see is the bodies blood supply will only flow either to the brain or the penis, but not both at the same time. Therefore, most are not thinking with their brains. That would explain it.

  12. LOL I’m pretty sure abused women cover ALL sides of the aisle… THAT comment was pretty ignorant. Not to mention, how do you know what those poor women (AND men!) are thinking? Have you been in an abusive household?

    If there’s a war on women, it’s born from the thought that women aren’t equal to competition with men in the workplace and home. It’s born from the idea that WOMEN should have to face a decision made between partners ALONE, and that men are scott free from the consequences. It’s funded by industries that don’t truly care bout women’s health, and will pay egregious amounts of money to silence those who would tell the truth. And it’s perpetuated by idiots who believe everything anyone with influence says.

    I think our “wars on (insert whatever here)” would disappear if the 2 (or 3) party system disappeared into a void of reasonable and bipartisan thinking.

  13. Wow… that thought process right there is EXACTLY why the “minorities” will stay in “their place”. Seriously??? This is America. Regardless of where, and to whom, and to what race you are born, you have JUST AS MUCH of an opportunity to make something of yourself as any “privileged” white person. In fact, I would argue that many minority groups are given an EXTRA hand, with free college scholarships, handouts from the gov, and more. All because they whine. Seriously, while people point the finger at “Uncle Toms” and the like, why aren’t they taking that energy and angst and sticking it to “the man” by making something GREAT of themselves? A black man in the Olympics OWNED Adolf Hitler by running faster than any of his white competitors. Hello??? Hard work and the loss of an entitlement attitude will go a LONG way to actually earning respect and a nice way of living.

  14. So you are comparing the America of 1930’s to 2014? With an income gap bigger then most any country in the world?

    “Hard work and the loss of an entitlement attitude”

    All becuase they whine? LOL, move along little bigot. Your conservative cliches dont work here.

  15. @chuckles the clown, first off ASSHOLE! I’ve seen plenty of abusive households! and I’ve gotten myself in harms way trying to pull some APE that thought his girlfriend was a punching bag off her! And 9 times out of 10 the abused woman defends her abusive boyfriend! thats why many police officers HATE going to a domestic abuse situation! because 9 times out of 10 the woman tries attacking the police officers in defense of him! then 9 times out of 10 the woman that same woman will come up will bond money to get him out and start the process ALL OVER AGAIN. my advice to you would be to talk about subjects you know something about! AS$HOLE

  16. Spoken like the typical caucasian republican, now because limbaugh declares racism dead, it officially dead! now it’s the standard republican BS myth that the playing field is level nonsense! you caucasian republicans live in a fantasy world! The playing field isn’t level for minorities or women! but according the caucasian republican men, it’s even Steven! you gotta be a white republican, because normal human beings aren’t typically this delusional. And your Jessie Owens remarks show how big of a ASSHOLE you really are! Why don’t you research Jessie Owens monumental struggles financially after the Olympics!! Once the USA USED him for their benefit he couldn’t get a decent paying job from your LEVEL playing field usa! you really should STFU, because you’re freakishly IGNORANT!

  17. LMAO, you know ole @chuckles has a poster of dick cheney over his bed and a shrine in his crawl space under his trailer of ronald reagan! and swears Iraq had WMD’s , they just moved them to Iran! LOL and republicans keep scratching that BALD spot in the back of their head wonder why the GOP is Obama little play thing!

  18. @Chuckles:

    I don’t know what world YOU are living in and because I don’t know you personally, I will not presume to. However, as a black woman, I belong to two of the voting groups that the GOP of 2014 is trying to disenfranchise. Contrary to your bigoted statement about a “sense of entitlement,” which is an unpardonable insult, those of us who are African-American recognize racism when we see it or are confronted with it. That is a direct result of our collective experiences ever since slavery. We are not victims, but survivors. It does no good to deny the existence of either racism or misogyny, but deniers of these are most likely to vote for Republicans. You should be aware that any gross injustice sooner or later impacts people who were not the intended target of it, and it takes recognizing a problem in order to address it.

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