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Income Inequality: It’s Effect On African American Single Mothers And Their Children

2035 words - 9 pages

Todd Walston Jr
Student #: 10058858
Period: 2
1 April 2014
Ms. Providence
English 12
Income Inequality: It’s Effect on African-American Single Mothers and Their Children.
I believe that it’s not fair for single mothers to get paid less, when some of them are the back bones of this country. Currently the minimum wage, in the United States, is set to 8$ per hour. Women in general are only paid 77%, so it is appropriate to assume that through mathematics, women get a wage as high as $6.16. African-American women only get paid 64% of every dollar a man makes. If the minimum wage is only $8 an hour, we find out that African-American women only get a maximum wage of $5.12 an hour. Income ...view middle of the document...

I am also familiar with the financial struggles of single others, and through experience I know the financial burden it has on the child. The effect that this income inequality gender gap has on single mothers and the children is added stress for mother and her children, financial burden of admission to college, and the children dropping out of school to work to help support their single mother.
According to the article “Everything You Need to Know about the Equal Pay Act”, In the early 1960’s an act was induced, it was called The Equal Payment Act of 1963. President Kennedy signed this declaration June 10th, 1963 as an addition to the Fair Labor Standards Law that was induced to the laws in 1938. This act basically prohibited any discrimination between women and men under the same ownership, job, and same hours from getting lesser pay than the other. All things regarding job payment are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Association. On July 2nd, 1964 President Lyndon B Johnson enforced the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This Act prohibits discrimination based on age, gender, origin, religion, color, race, and religion in businesses with more than 15 employees. In 2002, many universities and various countries did research to find out how far of a payment gap was over 10 years. In 2012 the results showed that Asian women were the highest paid women in the U.S. but they only get paid only 77% of every dollar a man makes doing the same job. African-American women only get 64% of every dollar a man makes. January 29, 2009, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act comes about because a woman found out she was discriminated against in payment, but was already in retirement so it was too late. The company got away with it because the CEOs and Business Owners of some companies have a strict (what I like to call) “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which means that employees are prohibited from discussing their wages with other employees. (4 & 5)
Owners of businesses and the CEO’s of companies are the stake holders as well as single mothers themselves. The government, the executive branch especially are also stakeholders, because they’re not enforcing the law. This is a controversial issue because some say that it doesn’t affect single mothers if they’re above the poverty level, but most who aren’t say that it’s very difficult. It’s a controversial issue because some children who grew up in single parent homes, and were not in poverty growing up had the opportunity to go college because they were financially stable. Those who did grow up in poverty struggled getting into college, and those who did dropped out because of finances and sustained jobs. The jobs that are predominately female based don’t see the income inequality payment gap, as well as the jobs that are predominately male.
Below this graph is showing the way the system is set up. The job is yours based on gender, age, spouse, family structure, and levels of education. In the first...

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