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April 24, 2013 / Man in the Mirror

Doane Line: Students voice opinions on women’s rights

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 5:46 pm | Updated: 10:44 pm, Wed Apr 17, 2013.

Eric Reiter | Staff Writer | 0 comments

Women’s rights issues were on the tip of everyone’s tongues with the celebration of Equal Pay Day on April 9.

According to www.pay-equity.org, Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. 

Sophomore Courtney Haas said she thought the wage gap was so large because of the oppression of women.

“It’s been a thing for a very long time,” Haas said. “It’s been such a long oppression that people aren’t educated on the fact that it is oppression. The fact that people aren’t treated equally and it’s for an idiotic reason.”

In a study conducted by the NCPE, women in 2013 would have to work three months more out of a year to make as much as a man doing the same job. In Nebraska, the earnings ratio between men and women is just 79 percent. 

Freshman John Douglas said he didn’t realize women were still not being paid equally. 

“It’s horrible,” Douglas said. “Any type of any inequality, whether it’s with race or gender, I think is totally unacceptable.”

Freshman Lizzy Pegler said while the wage gap was something that needed attention, there were other ways in which women were not treated respectfully. 

“Some men tend to make sexist statements in a joking manner, which is okay to an extent,” Pegler said. “You can’t retaliate to that. And when they do it constantly it’s really hard. I think that since women did give life to men they shouldn’t insult them so much.” 

Douglas said he thought there were ways in which things could be changed.

“It needs more recognition about it and the more it gets put out there then someone will pick it up and make a difference,” Douglas said.

Haas said she thought people need to be more educated.

“It’s a difficult thing,” Haas said. “I think the feminist movement is making really good strides but then it’s also getting a really bad rep for being feminist. People misunderstand that for hating men and wanting to be above them but that’s not it. A lot of it is just education.”

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