Wednesday Philosophical Query: Equal Pay Edition
Romney started a meme with his factually questionable “Show me the women” answer to yesterday’s debate question about equal pay for men and women, but I cringed more at Obama’s poorly stated response. The president defended equal pay, as well he should have, but he spoke as if its being a women’s issue was not on its own sufficient to justify much attention. “This is not just a women’s issue, this is a family issue. This is middle class issue, and that’s why we’ve got to fight for it,” he said. He’d have done better to explain why equal pay is a women’s issue and why that alone is important before he tied it to social and economic structures like the family and the middle class. And this brings me to today’s philosophical query: in the context of women’s issues, what is the moral basis for seeking and defending 1) equal pay for men and women and 2) the equality of men and women generally? Feel free to chime in about why gender inequality remains a problem.