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The Wage Gap and Women

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President Obama gave his State of the Union Address last night and in a moment that stuck out to me, he said, Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work…. I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds.

It was met with thunderous applause by the house and I whole-heartedly agree. That 77 cents for every dollar ratio is sadly, a widely stated fact. The president is right, it is an embarrassment and more so, it is a crime.

However, the statistic I was not aware of is that women of color make 64 cents for every white male dollar, as pointed out by writer and advocate, Shelby Knox.

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My Problem with Lena Dunham and Girls

A television show about 20-something women, a few years removed from college, trying to “make it” in the real world? Sounds like a show that was made for me, expect it wasn’t. Lena Dunham’s HBO show Girls is not a representation of me.

During a casual conversation at work, the show was brought up and co-worker asked why I didn’t watch it and mentioned how good it was. I’m not a fan of Lena Dunham, I said and skirted by the topic after she mentioned how relatable Dunham is. Without wanting to start a deep discussion which would probably make everyone uncomfortable, I kept quiet.  There is so much I could have said, but decided to keep it to myself (well, to my blog, because here you are reading this).