It’s Expensive Being a WomanOctober 23, 2008
It’s apparently big news how much money was spent for vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s new campaign wardrobe. I am not saying that $150,000 isn’t a lot of money to spend on clothes, but it does seem that the world has higher fashion standards for women than it does for men. If Joe Biden wears the same dark grey suit twice in a week, no one notices. If he wears a new tie, it’s a whole new outfit. Women’s clothing is noticed, and women’s fashion choices are often criticized. It’s necessary for women in the public eye to have high standards and to look nice.
And it’s not just acquiring that wardrobe that costs more. We pay much more at the dry cleaner than men do for the same items. Yes, I know it’s because our clothes are less standard than men’s clothes, but since we still only make 78 cents on the dollar, can’t we get a break somewhere?
We do get a break on one thing: car insurance. We pay less than men do. Great — what a relief. It’s too bad that we, most likely, paid more for the same car … and more for the same repairs. And quite possibly more for gas because we insist on using well-lit gas stations in safe areas that allow us to pay at the pump so we can keep an eye on the kids in the backseat.
And that insurance agent isn’t our friend when it comes to health insurance, either. Women pay more than men do for health insurance, even when they opt out of maternity coverage.
Apparently, the GOP picked up the ticket for Gov. Palin’s new acquisitions. I think it’s their own business where they spend their money (however, I am a little shocked it’s not going to swing-state advertising). I just hope whichever party wins this election “picks up the ticket” for some of the areas of inequality for women — including fair pay, health insurance equity, and enforcement of anti-discrimination laws. Because no matter how it’s dressed, it’s the message that matters.