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Women's Equality Work Is Never Done

March 5, 2009

West Bloomfield, MI - Women around the globe will celebrate International Women's Day on Sunday, March 8. In the United States, they'll be remembering milestones such as the 19th Amendment, which gave the nation's women the right to vote.

Renee Beeker, Michigan chapter president for the National Organization for Women (NOW), says today's young women know they can go to school, play sports and work at any job they like, but they don't always realize they could one day face sexual harassment in the workplace, lack of access to reproductive health care, domestic violence, inequality in the courts, inflexible work hours without paid sick leave, and a host of other systemic problems.

"They don't understand that they are not paid the same amount as men who have the same education and experience they do, or that nationally, women are making roughly 78 cents for every dollar men make. And Michigan is worse."

Beeker says in Michigan that ratio calculates to 67 cents per dollar. She notes that while women represent 51 percent of the nation's population, they still are underrepresented in local, state and national elected positions, and few are on major corporate boards. She also would like to see women better represented in the science and engineering fields.

Beeker says despite not having equality yet, women have been behind every major movement in American history.

"From universal suffrage to the abolitionist movement, emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, and the civil rights movement, women were there in one role or another."

Tony Bruscato, Public News Service - MI