Friday, January 9, 2009

"We Try to Hire Men"

Today, 9 January 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to take up for reconsideration the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

For a little background, check out N Y Times opinion piece:
  • Senate Republicans blocked the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act last spring. They should consider now whether hostility to civil rights and pay equity for women is really the image they want to project for their party after the losses it suffered in November.

We just keep fighting the same old battles--over and over and over.

But on a happier note, from Connie Schultz at the Cleveland Plain Dealer comes this little tale to delight the heart of all working women everywhere:
  • We were driving through Mansfield and decided to pull into a Valvoline Instant Oil Change station. And what to our wondering eyes should appear but the sight of four females yelling, "Pull it in here"
  • "Oh, my gosh," I said. "They're all women."
  • My husband rolled down his window ... to yell, "Oh, my gosh, you're all women!"
  • This was not news to manager Jen Good.
  • "We try to hire men, but they usually don't work out," she said. "Too messy. Too many fingerprints on the hoods, too much oil dripping on bumpers. Women just have an eye for that kind of thing, I guess."
  • Some manly men take one look at the female crew and pull out in a huff.
  • "Sometimes that bothers my crew," Good said. "But I just tell them, 'Let 'em go.' "
  • "Think about why they were here in the first place. They can't even change their own oil."
Whee! One must chuckle.
Update: The House passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. And now, on to the Senate where there will be much shuffling of feet and gnashing of teeth.

Write your senators and urge them to support these crucial pieces of legislation. Do it NOW.

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