Starting a Discussion:
According to Pew Research, many Americans are making minimum wage or less, They also say that among those who make minimum wage or less 62% are women and 38% are men. Now if one wanted to make more than minimum wage, because they didn't think they were being paid equally one would think they'd be able to suggest a change in pay. However, that isn't the case for Jill Abramson.
Jill Abramson, the editor of the New York Times was recently fired because she was asking to be paid just as much as the guy who had the position before her was paid. So they fired her. Personally I don't think that's fair. Men and women should be paid equally for their starting wage anyways. For Abramson, she had the top job with Times magazine, and was making less than minimum which is even less than what the man before her was making.
I guess it depends on where you work. Like, I honestly don’t think people who work at a fast food restaurant, or a drug store (ie. Target, Walmart, Kmart, etc.) are going to ask their bosses for a raise, because most people just want to keep their jobs. That or they just don’t like their boss in general. Or maybe they’re afraid of him/her. Okay back to the point. So, since I work at the gun club (I know, anybody who knows me can’t see me working there but I do) if I really wanted I could ask for a raise and my boss would give it to me. But being 16 years old and making $7.50/hour is more than I could ask for. After typing that I just realized how fortunate I am to even have a job. Some people are out of a job and are getting money from the government. Not sure how I feel about that. This kind of brings me to my next point.
If women out in the real world (not that we’re not living in the real world but you know what I mean) were making at least $7.25/hour or more that’d be good because then they can afford to support their families. I know that minimum wage is going up to like $10 an hour here in Minnesota. So imagine if everyone made that much in an hour…people would be able to afford to support their family. However, with that because of supply and demand prices would go up on everything, especially gas prices. This would not be good, because in the end we’d back to the problem of people not making enough money.
So to sum this all up; I think every person should at least start at minimum wage. It’s only fair.
Q: Do you or do you not agree with me that everyone should be paid equally? Why or why not?
Q: For those of you who have a job, since minimum wage is going up in the next few years do you expect to be paid at least that much if not more? Why or why not?