Really… a Rich Husband?


I do not mean to be disrespectful because of this individual’s age; nonetheless, as an “older” woman, I am ashamed of Phyllis Schlafly’s thought process on “women”.

When the gender pay gap surfaced as a political issue most Republicans simply did not want to discuss the gap, i.e. they kept their mouths shut!  Not so, for conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, her statement “The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives”.  I believe in layman terms that means “Find yourselves a rich husband”.

With this type of rhetoric, Phyllis Schlafly seems to forget about the women who simply do not want to get married, or the same-sex marriages, I call this sort of thinking taking  steps backwards not forward to solve the pay gap most work places tend to ignore.   Finally yet importantly to be noted…her suggested solution is that a heterosexual marriage, no divorced people (forget about the situation these women may live in), should be the definitive goal for working women.

Where does a person of her age come up with such thinking, she was born when the rule of the land was women stay home, stay pregnant, stay silent and do not think beyond the kitchen stove!  I worked all my life making thousands of dollars less than my male counterpart did, as for my “bosses”, when I presented an idea that would benefit the workplace, they listen then allowed enough time to pass before they came back with the same suggestions and were paid bonuses for my ideas and/or designs.   Until you have worked under these conditions, one must not oppose the basic right for all women to have equal pay for equal work.

Ann Johnson-Murphree



Filed under Gender Gap and Pay, Women Rights

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