Political figures have fought for equal rights throughout history, unfortunately America has not accomplished these goals. Many people are still not being treated equally, especially women. President Barack Obama addressed this in his speech “Presidential Proclamation National Equal Pay Day.” He stated, “Today, women still make 77 cents to every man’s dollar, and the pay gap is even wider for women of color.” It has been over a century since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, and women still have a long way to go to fight for their rights. In the work force, the pay gap between women is significantly less than that of men. Therefore, as a society we have not met the standards of equality among the sexes. Many people think less of women because they are expected to act traditionally, by doing domestic work. Or they are expected to give up the idea of family to be career driven. Why does it have to be a choice between having a career or a family and men can have it both ways?
Even if we were to have it both ways, we would eventually quit our careers and go home. With our employers being insensitive to our needs by denying our request to work part time or from home, layoffs, or relocation will push the most ambitious women out of the work force. Women have fought to overachieve their expectations. Therefore, women deserve equal pay since they work as hard as or sometimes harder than men. President Barack Obama addressed that, “In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, we must use all of America’s talent to its fullest potential — because when women succeed, America succeeds.”