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What are top women's issues in addition to the pay gap?

Asked by chefl (892points) September 14th, 2022 (Google/ Politico magazine/women’s biggest problems/ International Women’s Day

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HP's avatar

Control of their own bodies must top the list.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

We’ll, there really is no pay gap. There is a differential in pay between the professions men and women choose to go into. There is also a differential in the amount of time men and women choose to stay in the workforce. There is a lot left out in the details when you just take average male and female salaries to get that 70% figure or whatever they’re claiming it is now. When you adjust for factors like that it’s like 97%.

At this point I don’t know of any major problems other than higher incidence of being assaulted. That’s probably not going to change considering in almost every case an average male can over power an average woman. Being fearful to go out alone has got to suck. My wife was mugged multiple times. She won’t go out anywhere without me now. That’s #1 in my mind followed closely by less access to abortion. Good training in self-defense can help level that off a bit I suppose. It can be effective but it still sucks that it’s necessary.

RayaHope's avatar

Simple respect is a nice place to start. And yes men are stronger and bigger in general and that is intimidating and a little scary.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Along with what others have mention: period cramps/periods in general don’t get taken seriously, they should be. Maybe this has nothing to do with gender, but my mom and I both have a very hard time getting doctors to take us seriously about any kind of pain at all, and I’ve heard it’s a common thing with women

Reason why: From my own personal experience I will soon be going to doctor #3 about my debilitating pain that has caused me to miss school and work. It is a horrible pain that has seriously impacted my life, and I have just been told to take pills. They are a temporary solution that has a 50/50 chance of working.

Also, the amount of disgusting comments I see when women say they’d like paid sick day for at least the first day is ridiculous. No, this type of pain is not always able to be “ignored” and it’s hard to just push through it when I seriously feel like something is tearing apart my uterus.

this type of pain is abnormal, and can sometimes get worse if untreated. And depending on what is causing the pain, the “get worse if untreated”=losing the ability to have kids.

I swear, I ever hear one more motherfucker tell me this pain is normal I’m going to punch a wall. No, it’s not.

kruger_d's avatar

In the US fully employed women make about 83% the pay of their male counterparts. It is much lower for black and Hispanic women.
Women are still minimally represented in state and local government.

RocketGuy's avatar

My Architect wife was underpaid for years. Recently she got hired where she is getting paid at the same level as men of comparable experience. Our checking account started trending up. Equal pay for equal work FTW!

HP's avatar

@RocketGuy Our friend of better than 40 years rose to become one of the principals in her architectural firm. And some 20 years back, she floored me with the relatively skimpy salaries typical to the profession. I’ve had a lot of shocks like that over the years.

Pandora's avatar

Apparently being born a woman is the biggest issue since men have felt for centuries it means that we are by default less deserving of rights.

RocketGuy's avatar

I’ve conceptually favored equality since voting age (and before). Been appreciating it more and more, after getting married and having 2 daughters. Equality doesn’t take men’s rights away unless you had more than an equal share beforehand.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Healthcare costs
Pay equality
Definately more representation in government and boardrooms.

JLoon's avatar

Besides what everyone else has said -


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raum's avatar

Lack of pockets.

longgone's avatar

Unpaid care work is an issue women face worldwide, and have faced throughout history. A smart lady I know recently pointed out that caretaking work is undervalued in several ways: it’s unpaid, it’s seen as less valuable or less exhausting by society, and it’s often entirely invisible because a big chunk of it is preventing problems so that they never occur.

RocketGuy's avatar

I have a friend who figured out the $ value for childcare was the same as the $ value of his wife working. They decided to forgo her work income and have her raise his kid instead of paying daycare people to do it. Net family income was about the same either way.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

Childcare is essentially a full-time job until they’re in primary school so…

longgone's avatar

@RocketGuy Yep, that’s how it goes. It’s not great for the women, of course. Makes it difficult to leave their husbands (even in abusive situations). Lowers the chance of a fulfilling career, and increases that of poverty in old age or after a divorce.

RocketGuy's avatar

Women also lose seniority years doing that, so pay relative to a man of equal age will be less. :(

Blackwater_Park's avatar

On the flip side, many men get trapped in careers they hate so their loved ones can stay home and still be provided for. It’s actually pretty common. People don’t seem to want to look at the fact that it takes a team to raise a family with sacrifices coming from both men and women. It ain’t easy.

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