Women’s Equality To Be Continued

The book I am currently reading One Woman’s Army is by the commanding general of Abu Ghraib, Janis Karpinski.

In the aftermath of the torture scandal, Karpinski gracefully and courageously accepted responsibility but maintained that her troops were following interrogation guidelines approved from the top. Written in 2005, the book tells all- not only about the prison but also what it means to be a woman in a male bastion of armed forces.

In 2009 when the Obama administration released Bush-era memos allowing such aggressive tactics as waterboarding and sleep deprivation, The Senate Armed Forces Committee released a report stating that senior Bush administration officials authorized these aggressive interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists. Bottom line- a woman’s career down the tubes.

Last night at the democratic convention we meet Lilly Ledbetter and heard her story of discrimination working at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. She won a juried gender pay discrimination suit in federal court of more than $3 million but was overturned by U.S. Supreme Court on a time-lapse issue. Bottom line- Ledbetter will never receive restitution from Goodyear.

On January 29, 2009, signed into law the first new law of his administration: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which allows victims of pay discrimination to file a complaint with the government against their employer within 180 days of their last paycheck. Bottom line- women continue to earn less than men in nearly all occupations.

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