Women Make Strides in Workplace Equality, Say More Can Still Be Done

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

"It's a man's world" -- or so they say.

In 1964, the U.S. Civil Rights Act made it illegal for employers to discriminate based on gender, but it wasn't a cure-all.

According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, women receive about 77 cents for every dollar a man would make at the same job.

Groups like Thomasville's Women's Forum were established to help women network and do business.

Says group member Amy Maison, "A lot of us are full-time career moms and have children at home and juggling the husband and family and job."

According to the Center for Women's Business Research, women-owned businesses employ more than 13 million people in the U.S. and generate trillions of dollars each year.

Women who work in business report different treatment based on their field of work.

Lorie Hodges Garrett used to be a real estate agent and now works for Archbold Memorial Hospital.

She says both of her positions exposed her to work environments teeming with women.

Says Hodges Garrett, "My background is in real estate, definitely a female-dominated business and so I certainly never felt descriminated [against] as a real estate agent, and now I work with Archbold in the medical field, and again, you have a large representation of women."

Outgoing Women's Forum Chairperson Sanford Gimza says she's had a different experience.

Says Gimza, "I've worked in male predominant work positions, and yes, I feel like I've been discriminated against."

Local politicians say Thomas County offers women many opportunies to further their careers.

Says State Representative Darlene Taylor (R - District 173), "If you look at us, we have a woman mayor. We have a woman that's chairman of the Board of Commissioners and I'm the representative for this district."

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  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on Jun 15, 2011 at 04:45 AM
    Read "knowing your worth" by MIKA Brzezinski should be for every girl starting at age 5 Not only do women do EVERYTHING we are asked to do more.
  • by $$$$$$$$$ Location: $$$$$$$$$$ville on Jun 14, 2011 at 06:38 PM
    i got's 8 girls working for mees.
  • by Jerry Location: Michigan on Jun 14, 2011 at 03:42 PM
    Re: "women receive 77 cents for every dollar a man would make at the same job." This deserves bluntness: it is a lie. If women were paid less than men for the same work, no employer would hire men for anything. The National Committee on Pay Equity no doubt supports the Age Discrimination In Employment Act. Without it, it may argue, employers, who NCPE rightly says always seek the cheapest labor possible, would replace their older employees with younger ones who will accept lower wages in the same jobs. But NCPE must think employers suddenly don't care about cheap labor when it comes to paying men more than women in the same jobs. In sum, NCPE believes employers would replace older workers with younger ones to save money, but will not replace men with women to save money. See "An In-depth Look at 'Pay Equity' For Women" http://tinyurl.com/yzl8uq
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      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011 at 05:59 PM in reply to Jerry
      How much do female football players get paid? How about female basketball players? your assumption about not hiring men is wrong.
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        by Elizabeth on Jun 15, 2011 at 04:46 AM in reply to
        that is sports not the workplace. Please whom wants to see woman play football? Anonymouse you need to wake up
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