By Maggie McComas | October 20, 2020
This semester, I am taking a sociology course called Gender and Sexualities. While I was always aware that women were often treated unfairly, this class solidified those beliefs — not only with words and claims, but with research and evidence. My experience in this class coupled with personal encounters I have with Aimee encourage me to fight for better lives for all people, and that includes women. I plan on becoming a lawyer in the near future, so Aimee is the perfect role model for me, and she shows me that no matter the troubles I may face along the way, I deserve a spot among a profession that is often thought to be male-dominated.
Women are often underrepresented in places where it matters most — places such as state government. Contrary to popular belief, wanting more representation does not mean we believe women are better or deserve more than men, it just means that equal representation is long overdue. Women are typically paid less than men doing the exact same job, and then — on top of that — marketed items that cost significantly more. This unfairness is just one example of the ways women are made to be inferior. Electing Aimee is the perfect opportunity to not only increase female representation in the Statehouse, but to elect a candidate who will truly fight for equality for everyone in all areas of life.
While advocating and courageously using our voices is important, I find it even more convincing when background research is completed to give evidence of what we are advocating for. A study in 2016 led by U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney on the Joint Economic Committee said that in 2015, women working year-round earned 80% of what her male counterpart earned. This adds up to “nearly $10,500 over a year and $500,000 over a lifetime” (U.S. Congress). If that number strikes you as a surprise, that’s because those statistics are often swept under the rug, and it is completely unacceptable. While we are supposedly living in progressive times, women are still not always given the same career or financial opportunities that men are given.
If you menstruate, you probably understand the feeling of going to buy necessary items at a certain time of each month. As if that time of the month isn’t hard enough, it is made harder by the “pink tax.” For those who don’t know, the “pink tax” is a tax that is often found on tampons, or other items such as razors and body wash. A study in 2015 by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs compared 400 different pairs of identical products (except for the color and the sex they were marketed to), and compared the prices. That study found that 42% of the time, women paid more for the exact same products. This study also included items such as colored ink pens versus black ink pens, and a pink Microsoft wireless mouse versus a blue one. The simplest inequalities such as more expensive razors are often unnoticed by many, but we can not let them go unnoticed any longer.
If you read this and feel frustrated, that means you know and understand that we so desperately need someone like Aimee in the Statehouse. She is an advocate for every woman, and she is unafraid to stand up for our rights. She is one of the strongest and most courageous women I know, and she will not stop until every woman in Indiana feels like their voice is represented. She will be a voice for you, and ultimately, every Hoosier woman. A vote for Aimee means a vote to represent your daughters, mothers, sisters, and yourself.
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, “From Cradle to Cane: The Cost of Being a Female Consumer” (December 2015).
Ranking Democrat Carolyn B. Maloney, Joint Economic Committee, United States Congress, “The Pink Tax: How Gender-Based Pricing Hurts Women’s Buying Power” (December 2016).