Civil Rights

I was asked recently what civil rights issue was a priority. To me it is pay equity for women of all races. In SC today women make 72 cents for every dollar a man in a comparable job makes. That 72 cents represents white women. African American women make even less (65 cents) and Hispanic women even less than African American women.
It is time to close the wage gap once and for all. If we paid women what they were worth it would create more jobs and generate enough tax revenue to fully fund state government services. According to the Darla Mooore School of Business at the University of SC paying women that additional 28 cents would create over 100,000 jobs and generate an additional $1 billion in tax revenues for the state.

We can continue to seek legislation that prohibits pay inequity but until all women have equal rights under the Constitution it is a paper exercise. Let women become full citizens and watch how everyone’s quality of life will improve.

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