fem·i·nism

noun

  1. the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

For a lot of people getting married provides the advantage of a dual income, you pool your money together to pay expenses, save for a home and build you dream life.  If one half of your team is making less money for the work they are doing that puts the entire household at a disadvantage.

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research “In 2015, female full-time workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent.  Women on average, earn less than men in virtually every single occupation where there is sufficient earnings for both men and women to calculate an earnings ratio.”

 

Here is what CNN Money had to say on the matter, “In 2014, the median income for men who worked full time was $50,383.  For women, it was $39,621.  That $10,762 disparity works out to $879 a month.  That’s money that could be very helpful in paying rent or food or clothes or repairs or other emergencies.”

A lot of people want to think that this is a problem of past generations and is no longer a relevant issue, but imagine if your household had that extra money what a difference it would make.  Women are not equally paid in the work place even when you compare a women and a man in the same position.  Women on average earned between 2 cents and 7 cents less than their direct counterparts in 25 major industries studied by Glassdoor.  If our husbands became cheerleaders in their own workplace for the advancement and equal pay of women it would make a difference.  Selfishly husbands should be that champion for women in the workplace if only to one day increase their own households income.

This is topic that I am very passionate about, being a feminist is not a call to radicalism or a movement to punish men it simply demands equality between the genders.  I can be a feminist who loves pink, shopping, taking care of my husband and baking.  I can respectfully demand equal pay for equal work and I feel it is my duty to inspire my husband to do the same for women.