I generally write an annual article to commemorate this event, and this year is no different – only, as with last year, it’s on Bernews rather than my blog.
This year I decided to build on a theme from my 2012 election platform:
“Enact Workforce Equity legislation to require all workplaces with more than 10 employees to develop a workplace equity review and plan to ensure gender and racial equity in the workplace concerning wages and decision-making. Enable workers to seek compensation for unequal gender or racial pay regimes up until the year 2000.”
I decided to focus on the matter of gender (and racial) equity concerning decision-making in particular, and the article itself provides some useful links that I used for the argument. I was also working on an equal pay aspect, but the article got far too unwieldy – so I’ll develop that for an article in it’s own right.
I would like to add a quote which I ultimately decided to cut from the article itself, because I think it does make a good point and is something to consider going forward. It’s an excerpt from a 1983 work The Nouveau Poor by Barbara Ehrenreich and Karin Stallard – though over thirty years old, it still seems pretty valid to me!
“We need a feminist economic program, and that is no small order. An economic program that speaks to the needs of women will have to address some of the most deep-seated injustices of a business-dominated economy and a male-dominated society. Naming it will take us beyond the familiar consensus defined by the demand for equal rights – to new issues, new programs, and maybe new perspectives. Whether there are debates ahead or collective breakthroughs, they are long overdue; the feminization of poverty demands a feminist vision of a just and democratic society.”