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  • Lake view: Rally for equal pay is a family issue

  • Three of us from the Lake area went to Jefferson City for the Rally for Women, motivated by what we see as the need to push for equal pay for equal work; to push for the protection of women’s rights to make healthcare decisions for ourselves; and to encourage our legislators and senators to pass Medicaid Expansion.
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  • Three of us from the Lake area went to Jefferson City for the Rally for Women, motivated by what we see as the need to push for equal pay for equal work; to push for the protection of women’s rights to make healthcare decisions for ourselves; and to encourage our legislators and senators to pass Medicaid Expansion.
    We didn’t want to have to go to the Capitol to stand up for things we should have been able to take for granted. Preferably we shouldn’t have to fight for pay equity. We shouldn’t have to fight for women to be able to make reproductive healthcare decisions without male legislators telling women they cannot make these kinds of decisions for themselves. We shouldn’t have to lobby our legislators for the simplest of things like making Medicaid available to our working poor and keeping our rural hospitals open. We see these as not just “women’s issues” but as family issues.
    Women make, on average $.77 on the dollar for what men make. By age 65 women make $1/2 – 1 million less than their male counterparts. Why are these numbers important? Women are sole heads of households/ breadwinners in 40% of all families and responsible for their children’s wellbeing. Shortchanging women in salaries ends up shortchanging their children. But also, it means that they will have Social Security commensurate to their earnings.
    Coinciding with lower incomes are the troubling challenges facing unskilled or moderately-skilled women who have no sick leave or benefits. Often they support themselves and their children on one or more minimum wage jobs. They risk losing their jobs when they have to take their children to the doctor or care for their aging parents. And because of Missouri’s resistance to passing Medicaid Expansion, these women are not eligible for health insurance because they make too much for Missouri’s ridiculously low standards for Medicaid.
    So the day ends with these requests of the Missouri legislature: Work on matters that truly improve the lives of women and men and children and families like economic development and job creation. Expand Medicaid so we get federal dollars like all those other states and so that Missourians can have better health. Trust women to make reproductive healthcare decisions.

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