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I want to share with you my concerns as a worker in this fast growing state on the issue of unfair pay and job opportunities for women. Since the past 50 years women have been entering the workforce in huge numbers. Although the Equal Pay Act of 1963, 29 U.S.C.s. 206(d) has been in existence it has done little since women are still being paid less than men for equal work.1 The unfair pay seems to stem out from the traditional stereotype of an inferior woman. Those stereotypes are unfounded has women have proven to be as quite productive in their jobs as men. Therefore, a disparity of pay is an actual injustice towards women.2
However, there are those who are in opposition of the equal pay for equal work on women and men. They argument is that the law requires employers to submit records that indicate pay disparities are not gender related and allow workers to discuss their wages. This situation would discourage employers from hiring women fearing various law suits associated with the law. Hence, the overall purpose of the bill would be hurting than beneficial. Though they have sound arguments, they are wrong, we need to focus on the overall benefits to future generations.
It is in everyone’s desire to get paid as he or she as per the job requirements and not unfairly paid due to one’s gender. The tough economic times experienced now as a result of financial crisis necessitates women to be also paid fairly. The low pay affects women heavily as they face difficult times to fend for their families especially single mothers. A fair pay would see a 50% considerable reduction of poverty levels for single mothers.3 Thus would increase their ability to provide for their families in terms of child care, food and education. The bill would also ensure the financial retirement security for women. Since the unjust system negatively affects women at time of retire or when they fall sick, and have no alternate financial backing available
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The discussion seeks to answer the question: What does it mean to say that race is a social construction? How is the social meaning of race the result of political struggles? What are the key points about the complex relationship between SES and race? What is the primary institutional mechanism of racism that is a fundamental cause of racial disparities in health?
Although, this happens there are ways in which the scenes have changed. What used to be seen as deviant in earlier decades is not the same as what is seen as deviant in the current films or television episodes. The media in this case the television has a significant role to play in terms of race and ethnicity.
She is of Asian origin, coming from Taiwan which gives a good basis to look at the various social-cultural stereotypes associated with Asian people. This interview can be seen as a confirmation about the various theories of dominant and minority ethnic groups.
Ethnicity on the other hand is an old concept we have from the past when society divides people from various tribes and tongues, beliefs, religions and other related requirements (PBS.org). In other words, race may be a more sophisticated approach in order to justify differences, and even to the point of identifying inferiority complex, which at some point ended up to unprecedented negative image of other racial-related activities.
There are many kinds of races and ethnicities in the world that create a difference from one geographic area to another. Countries have become interconnected over the years and there has been lots of travel, migration and mingling of all sorts that have made the presence of all races all over the world.
Omi and Winant (1994, p. 55) state "race is a concept, which signifies and symbolizes social conflicts and interests, by referring to different types of human bodies".
Some sociologists state that the notion of race has always been filled with some socio-cultural meaning, demonstrating an attitude towards 'aliens', expressed through the emphasizing of their most observable physical differences.
Whereas, ethnicity applies to cultural characteristics unlike race, and is the basis for understanding concepts between two people of different "kinds."
The theories that claim that racial or ethnic groups are inherently inferior or superior and entitle some to dominate and to eliminate others, whom they consider inferior on the basis of racial discrimination, are totally contrary to moral and ethical principles of humanity.
The discussion of political freedom and ethnicity might not be of much interest but a discussion made by writers with different point of view on same topic won't be a boring one. I am one of those people standing in the gathering where people were enjoying the discussion made by Leroi Jones, the author of "blues people", and Socrates of "Walking the dog".