Friday, October 19, 2012

Ryan and Romney Treat Women like special needs workers.

The bottom line: equal pay for equal work. It’s not about “flexible hours” or other perceived Republican drawbacks to hiring women.  In fact, according to this headline, “800,000 more women than men on payrolls in January 2010.”

Perhaps we should treat men the same way...?   

I don’t know about you, but when I started reading the following comments from Paul Ryan about helping women in the workplace, my blood began to boil. How much will women take from this condescending "leader" of the war on women?
ABC News: Ryan then talked about job skills and training and how that can help women seeking employment. “Now, what we need is a growing economy that gives people more flexibility in their schedules, adding that states should customize their own job training programs “to meet the unique needs of women.”

“What so many women need is the ability to have flexibility,” Ryan said. “Especially if you’re women with children, you want to have flexibility to have the kind of a job that gives you the ability to meet all of your needs and your family. That’s what job training skills are all about, that’s what growth is all about.”  Ryan said, “Most women get their jobs from successful small businesses,” and promised a Romney-Ryan administration would help grow those businesses, which he said are more flexible about many women’s schedules.
Ryan assumes small businesses are more flexible. Really, is Ryan guaranteeing that? Or are small businesses going to offer “flexibility” out of the goodness of their hearts when they're not pursuing the almighty dollar? Don't hold your breath.

But even more insulting is the way Ryan treats women’s jobs like low paying entry level positions. We certainly can’t expect big corporations to hire women with all of their special needs, can we?
“We’ve got to champion small businesses which are the kinds of companies that have flexible job schedules that women can get easily back in to the work force. Most people don’t get their jobs from the really big corporations, they get their jobs from successful small businesses,” Ryan said. “And of all the things we can do to get women back into the workforce, get them the skills they need, get an economy, and help those small businesses bring them back into the work force so they can provide for themselves and their families.”
Yes, we have to prepare women first. Not surprisingly, equal pay never came up:
Ryan never mentioned pay equity; However, after the debate, the Romney campaign also wavered on the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act with Romney adviser Ed Gillespie first telling reporters after the debate Romney “was opposed to” the proposed legislation “at the time,” but would not repeal it once in office. The next day Gillespie said he was wrong, and Romney “never weighed in on it,” and if Romney became president he would not repeal it. In Congress, Ryan voted against the Ledbetter Act.
I think this comment summed up what Ryan was really say, ‘I’m here to serve business:”
Today, Ryan said his job in the House of Representatives has “always been to listen to our employers.”
Thank you for that shocking admission! By the way, the above article was written by a woman, Shushanna Walshe. Guess she didn't notice? 

1 comment:

  1. Tell that to my daughters who have worked in mortgage banking MANY years....setting up branches, training, hiring and firing all over the USA for (sorry it sucks to be there now) BOA, Wells Fargo etc.

    NO SPECIAL treatment...they must work HARDER than their male counter parts.....and be available weekends for conference calls, etc.

    R and R are such bogus liars!