Are American Women Oppressed?

According to a highly publicized new study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, American women are “still 100 years away from full equality.” Heidi Hartmann, the group’s president, says:

“At the rate things are changing, it’ll be 50 years before women’s paychecks equal men’s, and nearly a full century before women hold half the seats in Congress…wherever you go in America, women are shortchanged, starting with their paychecks…American women are paid 76 cents for every dollar men earn.

The hard truth is that American women have come a long way in the last hundred years, but we’re still only about halfway to equality. There’s no good reason why our paychecks should be docked because we’re women, no good reason to deny us our fair share of political offices and corporate CEO slots.”

Detroit News columnist Laura Berman sympathizes with the report and believes that women’s status and rights are imperiled. Carrie Lukas of the Independent Women’s Forum believes that the “wage gap” and other problems highlighted by the report are largely myths. Berman and Lukas joined Glenn on His Side with Glenn Sacks November 28.

To learn more about the IWPR report, the wage gap, and other issues related to the status of women, see:

  • Laura Berman’s Mich. women’s status and rights take beating, but we have power (Detroit News, 11/20/04)
  • Carrie Lukas No Ladies’ Man (National Review, 10/14/04)
  • Glenn’s column Is Pay a Function of Gender Bias? (Los Angeles Times, 5/12/01)
  • Women deserve equal pay for work (Springfield News-Leader, 11/22/04)
  • Glenn’s co-authored column Indiana Woman’s ‘Housework Strike’: Maybe It’s Husbands Who Should Strike (Gary Post-Tribune, 11/8/02)
  • Glenn’s column Start of School Very Different for Parents of Boys, Parents of Girls (Washington Times, 9/12/04)
  • Glenn’s co-authored column When Men’s Health Doesn’t Count (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 10/9/02)