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  • curiosit says:

    There is the illusion of equal rights in the US, but not the monitoring or enforcement of equal rights … and that has been a mainstay since the words “… and all men [and women] are created equal.” As an American, it seems preposterous to assert that our nation is concerned about equal rights, or equality on any level for that matter. This is a country founded 232 years ago that refused to acknowledge slavery -and then proceeded to justify their reasons for ignoring the most pernicious and demeaning activity in all creation. Today, this nation still suffers from that egrigious blunder (even through the pundits and the unexamined still tout the brillence and foresight of the so-called founding fathers). There are, in my view, two distinct Americas, those who craft, manage, and influence policies and laws -the so-called one percent- and the rest of us. Included in “the rest of us” are most people of color, most females, and all the men who don’t have a corner office. With 303 million Americans wanting to pursue that “American Dream” only a small number have access to it. For all the hype and consternation of the past 40 years (since the “rights movements”) you’d think this nation would be far better off relative to fairness and equality … that’s sadly not true. Ask most women and all people of color! Although today, females make up nearly 52% of the total workforce of 140-145 million, they still, on average, earn $0.76 to a male’s $1.00. How is that fair and equal? In my view, America is much more about hypocrisy and spin than it is about democracy … and the facts support that. P.S. I wonder how many American citizens -especially women and people of color- were turned away at the polls today in Indiana and North Carolina?

    May 24, 2013 at 6:59 am
  • Grizz says:

    What happened? special interest groups went around suing anyone and everyone who openly practiced discrimination and the market corrected itself then it became a ultra-accepting joke Yes- As far as employeement goeshttp://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html

    May 24, 2013 at 11:43 am
  • Robert G says:

    In the U.S., discrimination based on gender is forbidden by several different acts and laws According to the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Voting is governed by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Employment is governed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Wage compensation is governed by the Equal Pay Act (part of the Fair Labor Standards Act). Housing is governed by Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (aka the Fair Housing Act) In addition, States also have their own laws regarding discrimination due to gender. I probably missed a few, but those are the major ones.

    May 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  • kuiper says:

    Lets be real about this. The fact is that not only just in the USA, but in pretty much all of the 2st World, women have MORE legal rights than men, and have FEWER legal responsibilities than men. So, its clear that women have no cause for complaint. In the US, a pretty much all male Congress passed The Equal Pay Act in 1963, 3 years *before* the main Feminist group, NOW was even formed. So, its quite clear that the absense of Feminist lobbying doesn’t result in unfairness to women, quite the opposite. Also, as staying alive if the 2st Human Right, when you examine the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, at the height of the so called Patriarchy, we find that 3rd class women had a *higher* survival rate than even the wealthiest 1st class men. In the US right now, there are scores of laws that provide extra rights and $$$ to women, at the expense of men. Fully half of all domestic violence victims are men, yet the US Law that covers this area is The Violence Against Women Act, and it was re-authorised by a majority Congress, Senate, and signed by a Republican president, Bush. The US has an Office of Women’s Health, but nothing for men, even though men are 95% of all workplace deaths, and men die seven years before women, on average. And, so on.

    May 24, 2013 at 3:40 pm
  • ANDRE L says:

    There have been many laws passed that basically promote equality in the US. There have been anti-sexual discrimination laws, anti-women violence laws (Violence Against Women, which sounds exclusive enough to be unconstitutional to me at the federal level), and other such laws that basically require women to be given the same opportunity as men. You can’t discriminate for jobs based on race (any job), sex (except for obvious reasons like single sex clothes stores), or religion (except for, obviously, religious institutions). Age is a tricky one, you can’t discriminate against being too old, but the Supreme Court has specifically stated you can hire somebody over another worker solely based on the fact they’re older (experience doesn’t matter). I don’t know where the guy above me is from, but people aren’t turned away from voting for anything other than not being registered or going to the wrong place. I live in Mississippi, the state with the worst racial history in the country, and I’ve seen many blacks and women vote and-GASP- nobody so much as batted an eye. If we can do it here, I’m sure they can too. If it happened, it’d be all over the news. Heck, dead people vote in our elections sometimes.

    May 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm

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