Thursday, January 29, 2009


Somewhere in heaven my grandmother is smiling through her tears.

She, too, just like me, watched President Barack Obama sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act today.

My maternal grandmother was a teacher in Oklahoma one-room schools from the early part of the 1920's through most of the 1950's. Early in her career she received just a little over $30 per month while her male counterpart was paid almost $50 for the same month. The disparity never changed in her lifetime. It never changed for her daughter either up through the early 1980's.

The school boards would classify my grandmother as a "teacher" while the male teacher in the next school over with virtually the same number of students was referred to as a "Headmaster." For my mother the title "coach" was attached to practically every male teacher whether he ever set foot on a field or a court. Call him a "coach" and he could be paid more. Probably still is.

Do you attend your local school board meetings?

Do you ask questions?

Do you check these things out?

I have a really nasty feeling this sort of thing still goes on in public schools today.

My grandmother was not teaching for fun. She was not teaching to "supplement" the family income--she was the family income. Why did she deserve almost 30% less salary because she had tits?

Please, God, let the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act change this.

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