Pink.Tax reports that, "it costs more to be a woman" because of consumer goods and services having a "gender-based price."
In 2016, CBS investigated, sending one female and one male producer to dry cleaners in New York City to see if women were paying more. They concluded that women paid grossly more.
In 2019, MarketWatch reported that, "Adding insult to injury, female-only mortgage applicants also get rejected at a higher rate than male-only applicants". Similarly, a 2017 survey featured in The Denver Post found that, "Many women will turn to personal savings, friends and family, credit cards and other alternatives," rather than apply for banks loans.
Additionally, the Office of Personnel Management reported that women have made some progress professionally-- 14.6% are private sector executives and 34% are federal workforce executives. Also, in 2018 only 25 women were CEOs of Fortune 500 companies-- including Mary Barra of General Motors, Ginni Rometty of IBM, Michelle Gass of Kohl's, among the other 22 women.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg said last year, "I have three granddaughters. I would like to be able to take out my pocket constitution and say that the equal citizenship stature of men and women is a fundamental tenet of our society."
The ERA can be a beacon of hope -- and legal power -- for the future of women.
Robert Weiner was a Clinton and Bush White House spokesperson, and for the House Government Operations Committee. Kimberly Bartenfelder is Gender Equality policy analyst for Robert Weiner Associates and Solutions for Change.
(Article changed on July 8, 2019 at 19:29)