The Republican War On Women – ‘GOP Lawmaker Says Sick Leave, Equal Pay Bills Make Women ‘Look Like Whiners’
Is a woman strong when she accepts 20 cents an hour less then men?
Is a woman strong when she just accepts and doesn’t object to domestic and sexual violence?
Does it make a woman stronger to just accept she can’t have paid sick days or be unable to afford good child care?
Is that just women ‘whining’?
How does not raising the minimum wage make any of us stronger?
‘Minnesota House Majority Leader Erin Murphy (D) responded to Kieffer’s comments about women looking like “whiners” in an email to HuffPost’.
“In Minnesota, women earn 80 cents on the dollar to their male counterparts,” she said. “That is not whining. That is a reality that we should not accept”.
“Too often women are branded as ‘whiners’ when they challenge unfairness in our laws and society. I would bet a lot people said Susan B. Anthony was a whiner when she fought for the right to vote. The reality is that women in Minnesota and throughout our country face unique economic barriers and everyone deserves a fair chance at success.”
‘A package of bills in Minnesota that would enhance women’s economic security by raising the minimum wage, providing paid family and sick leave and addressing the gender pay gap makes women “look like whiners,” a state GOP lawmaker said last week.
“We heard several bills last week about women’s issues and I kept thinking to myself, these bills are putting us backwards in time,” State Rep. Andrea Kieffer (R) told colleagues at a Wednesday hearing on one of the measures. “We are losing the respect that we so dearly want in the workplace by bringing up all these special bills for women and almost making us look like whiners.”
‘The Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act is an omnibus bill intended to address the barriers to economic progress that Minnesota women face’.
‘Among other measures aimed at helping working women, the legislation would raise the minimum wage to $9.50’
‘And protect women from discrimination in the workplace and unfair pay’.
‘Additionally, it would expand access to affordable childcare and paid sick and family leave’,
‘Enhance protections for victims of domestic and sexual violence’
‘And encourage women entrepreneur’s business development in traditionally male-dominated industries’.
From : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/18/andrea-keiffer-whiners_n_4985812.html