A: Strongly agree. Women make $0.78 vs. men; minorities make $0.75 vs. whites
A: Strongly agree. I would offer an amendment to the Civil Rights Act that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes.
From the reconstruction era until the 1960's, the States passed many laws aimed at denying access to goods and services to members of the black community, but in 1964 Congress and the US Supreme Court put an end to those laws. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. I would offer an amendment to the Civil Rights Act that would simply add sexual orientation & gender identity to the list of protected classes.
The 14th Amendment guarantees the equal protection for all American citizens, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically forbids discrimination based on sex or race in the work place, yet women only make 78 cents on the dollar compared to men and minorities only make 75 cents on the dollar as compared to white males.
This discrimination comes at a cost of $550 billion a year in lost wages for women, and when you factor in minorities, you are looking at a loss of $1 trillion. I believe that a realistic goal would be to get the pay of women and minorities up to 90 cents on the dollar. This would mean an injection of over $600 billion in new wages each year, and more than $150 billion in new tax revenues.
By year's end, Alabama would see many peaceful protestors jailed for daring to advocate equal treatment for all people. The University of Alabama would enroll its first African-American students. Four little girls killed inside their place of worship during Sunday School. The rising up of thousands who marched to this building knowing they were endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. That was 50 years ago.
Today, we are ever-mindful of our turbulent past while we eagerly look forward to a new chapter in our state's history. Alabama IS our Sweet Home. And we want it to be a place where economic opportunity abounds and there are good-paying jobs, where children can get a good education, where counties and cities can build roads to compete for businesses and industries.
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