Working Women in Houston
Even though it is 2014, the gender discrimination a working woman in Houston faces is atrocious and almost shocking. One of the biggest challenges for a working woman in Houston is that she is paid less than a man for working the same work. There is a major wage gap between the men and women workers. For every one dollar paid to a man worker a woman worker earns only 70 cents which is lesser for African American women and even lesser for Latinas. The discrimination does not stop here. It is not uncommon for pregnant women to be fired for taking too many bathroom breaks or compelled to go on unpaid leave. Pregnant women workers are considered a liability. The rights of a working woman in Houston are poor and the stress it brings to her and her family is a matter of serious concern.
Women are not the only people upset by the gap and the difference. Even men, such as Mark Weiss, DC of Weiss Chiropractic, are upset by the way women struggle in the workplace.
Ideally women should be paid equal for equal work so that they have the same shot to success. But that is currently not the case. Half the households in Houston are headed by Women with a woman being the principal bread earner of the family. Thus eliminating this wage gap will provide the much needed income and security to these women and their families. Equal income for women as men can improve the lifestyle of half of the population of Houston, which is huge. A woman has to juggle so many balls and do so much work together of taking care of family and responsibility at work. If a woman can be paid well it will help her provide good food and education to her kids which ultimately will lead to a better educated population in the long run. It is time America’s government helped the working women of Houston. The Congress ought to pass the Pay check Fairness Act which will help working women of Houston to fight wage discrimination. It will also increase the negotiating power of a woman and put her in a better place at her work place.
Houston is a part of America, the so called leading global power whose economy is at an all-time high. But this economic boom is not being witnessed or experienced by many parts of America with Houston being one of them. There is dire need to solve the problem for working women in Houston in the near future before it becomes bigger and topples the overall economy of the country.