04 February 2019
Gender Wars Back Then vs. Today
In the United State’s history there has made attempts to try and end the gender
wars, but we are still seeing so many of the same problems or attributes that the women back
then saw. Some examples of these would be the Women’s Suffrage or the Women’s Right to
Vote, The Me Too Movement, and The gender pay gap. Each of these were brought to the
government’s attention for decades and even though they have tried to resolve some of things.
They are now bigger then they were then.
Women’s Right to Vote or the Women’s Suffrage Rights is the nineteenth amendment in
the United State’s Constitution. “It was passed by congress on June 4, 1919, and was ratified on
August 18, 1920. (19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women's Right to Vote (1920)”.
In the 1870’s feminists tried to vote. When they were turned away they filed lawsuits. Even
though the nineteenth amendment was ratified in 1920, there were still some states that had not
ratified until almost twenty years after the nineteenth amendment was written. “And then there
was Mississippi who did not ratify until sixty four years after the law was enacted
nationally.(Payne, Spruill, & Swain 2010)”. At the time of the voting act many “politicians
responded to the newly enlarged electorate by emphasizing issues that intrested women such as;
prohibition, child health, public schools, and world peace.(Dumenil 2007)”. However, even
though women responded to these issues, when it came to voting they shared the same beliefs
and voting behaviors as men. Because of the voting gender gap it has impacted the way elections
and the way candidates run for office. “The presence of women in Congress has gradually
increased since 1920, with an especially steady increase from 1981 to the present. In 113th
Congress, serving from 2013-2015, included a record 20 female senators and 77 female
representatives.(Women in U.S. Congress, Rutgers 2013)”. And in 2017 congress had a record
number of women 104 house members and twenty-one Senators.
The gender pay gap is the “average difference between the remuneration for men and
women who are working. ("Gender pay gap" 2019)”. Women are usually getting paid less than
men. In 1963 John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act of 1963. This law “prohibits
sex based wage discrimination between men and women in the same establishment who perform
jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort, and responsibility under similar working
conditions. ("The Equal Pay Act of 1963")”. Now even though this law was made in the 1960’s
we are still seeing these kind of actions in people’s wages today. In 2009 President Barack
Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. “Lily Ledbetter worked at Goodyear Tire plant
and filed for an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination. (Siniscalco 2010)”. There have
been some people who think that men get paid more than women is because...