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I'd like to say I was satisfied

Posted by: Boris Badenoughsky on February 05, 19100 at 11:37:05:

In Reply to: Answer for Boris Badenoughsky posted by MDG on February 05, 19100 at 01:15:21:

: Staying within the context of the capitalist democracy we inhabit now, there are two avenues to the change you seek, comrade:

: 1) Pass legislation mandating equal pay regardless of gender or color or [fill in the blank]; and...

Assuming that Piper (here) is correct, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 has ALREADY 'mandated' equal pay for comparable work.

: 2) Eliminate sexism and racism in the hearts and minds of our fellow man.

Ah, historical materialism, the original source of my observation!

The 'hearts and minds,' as I see it, follow the ruling ideology and the ruling ideology follows the economic relations. That is my central condemnation of reformism, that reform cannot change the economic relations of society. George Washington was of a like mind.

: I'd also add that though women have had the vote for 80 years, the notion of a modern working woman has only been fought for the last 30 years, which is a pittance given the millenia in which male chauvinists taught that a woman's place was in the home. Also, there are many men and women who grew up long before "Sisterhood is Powerful" was published, and they have both entrenched views and entrenched power; perhaps what's needed is for the generation which grew up with the notion of the housewife to go extinct.

A relevant point---but it only shortens the time-frame of my question: why cannot a generation of women on the job 'vote' themselves pay equity?

: If we have the revolution you advocate, then obviously the above remedies become moot. But in the meantime...

But in the meantime, with the Equal Pay Act already in place, women earn 25% less than men!

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