Shortly after our conversation in class about the wage gap inequality–with woman at the losing end– I stumbled across this video and it reminded me of another current event called the “Tampon Tax.” Earlier this year, California assemblywoman Cristina Garcia championed legislation to remove the tax on feminine hygiene products, such as tampons and pads, and therefore removing this “gender injustice.” Even President Obama has commented on the tax, calling it ridiculous and misplaced because men were making laws at the time the tax was set in place. Female consumers are being placed at a disadvantage by having to pay a sales tax on a “luxury item.” (I can assure you many women do not feel that menstruation is a luxury.) I think this current event reflects the writings of Wendy Hussey and Jael Silliman as this tax is also another burden placed on vulnerable populations like poor and African American women. These societal expectations of ignoring periods was taken into account, when feminists in the UK protested their government to eliminate the tax. After protesting in the form of “free-bleeding” in front of parliament, it is safe to say those women were heard and the tax was removed in the UK.
After our conversation in class today about labor and the still existing wage gap, I came across this article: “U.S. Women’s Soccer Player File Wage Discrimination Lawsuit.” Although the women’s national soccer team is a major reason U.S. Soccer is expected to have a profit of $17.7 million, the federation is arguing it does not have enough money to pay the women the same as the men’s team. The women’s team, who won the 2015 Fifa World Cup, has seen more success than the men’s team and are still denied equal pay. Women have always been viewed in our society as assuming the gender roles of the household, but how can the federation deny their female players equal pay when they train just as hard and play the same number of games as the U.S. Men’s Soccer team. This form of discrimination is ridiculous and is not going to be taken by internationally ranked athletes. These women have already championed the rights of LGBTQ members in the sports world and now are taking on the wage gap. This lawsuit filed by the players against U.S. Soccer could be a major turning point, or at least influencing the beginning of change, of ending the wage gap in the United States.