Women of Massachusetts

Many of Massachusetts citizens debate whether or not the state government should continue to enforce the equal pay law. Although Massachusetts was one of the first states to adopt the law, in some parts of their state, employers hesitate in paying and treating both genders the same. I think that the women in the state make their best argument when they say, “I was paid to be a personality,” because at work, women are not being acknowledged and are seen as an object instead of as an individual. Keri Rodrigues Lorenzo was a hard worker at broadcast stations, where her passion grew strong for it, it overlooked the unfair treatment she was working in, but faced the hard truth when she finally realized that no matter how high up she was in the company, she would not be treated the same. Even after her years and commitment to the company, Keri had “a higher voice and lower pay,” which is unreasonable because of all the efforts she put at work. Keri Rodrigues Lorenzo finally accepted the inequality around her in the job she loved, which caused her to leave it and begin a new job where she is researching and fighting hard for women’s equality in the work force.

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Women’s equality begins one step at a time, for starters, the initiative is already taking place in the state of Massachusetts, since the state is very firm on making sure all women are treated the same as men. Unfortunately, the there are some companies and employers who manage to go against the equal pay laws in Massachusetts, disregarding the fact that the state is enforcing equality in the work force. According to an article in the Boston Globe, “Men in Massachusetts, with a median pay of $60,000, tie for the top-ranking state with Connecticut and New Jersey. Massachusetts women who work full-time make a median yearly income of $47,000.” The income that both working genders make, might have been reasonable if both genders had different occupations, but in this case, they don’t. In the same article, a professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst found out that, “women sustain a wage penalty of about 4 percent when they have a child; men end up with a 6 percent bonus.”

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In Massachusetts, a state who has enforced equality in the work force for several years, has had its unlawful situations where companies chose to pay women with their judgement. Even though the state has passed laws to ensure that women are treated the same in the work force, these companies are able to get away with paying women unfairly.  There are many laws in that state where companies are enforced to pay women the same, but since there are a lot of ways for companies to avoid getting caught, they continue to do so, testing their luck while women are treated unfairly. Women should continue to fight for their equality especially because the state is enforcing it, I think in this case, women are more in favor to debate the issue.

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