I took this photo the other day but the tired look on my face remains the same. I have four jobs (including the newspaper) and go to school full-time.
Capitalism in America is a disease. We’re force-fed the idea that hard work pays off. While there is some truth in that idea, that’s not always the case depending on who you are, what you look like, what you believe in, who you love, etc. It’s illegal to discriminate in the United States, but yet, we’re still having this conversation. People are sold on the idea that this is the land of opportunity, when in reality, it’s land of opportunity for some.
Women have to work harder than men, which means we move differently in life. Women of color, disabled women and trans women have an even harder time than white women, able-bodied women and cisgendered women. Women in the Chicago metro area make 81 cents for every dollar a man makes; however, this statistic changes dramatically when broken down by race. Asian women make 86 cents to the dollar a man makes, white women make 73 cents, black women make 57 cents and Latina women make 43 cents.
According to the Williams Institute, women in same sex relationships have a median income of $38,000/year while men in same sex relationships have a median income of $47,000/year. ——
Injustice at Every Turn reported that transgender folks are 4x more likely to have a household income of less than $10,000. ——
A study by the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy found that out of the 64 trans women surveyed, their earnings dropped by 1/3 after they transitioned.
According to the National Women’s Law Center, disabled women who work full-time, year-round make 73 cents to every dollar an abled man makes. The last few statistics weren’t broken down by race. ——
This is why feminism needs to be intersectional. White women need to speak up about the extreme disparities in the pay gap for women of color, disabled women and trans women. We need to advocate for other women so they receive the compensation they deserve. Don’t you want all females in your life to have a better quality of life? The money is there and we deserve it.