Sunday, July 23, 2006

Ask a Working Woman - Which government program is the sexiest?

Via Feministing I found the 2006 Ask a Working Woman survey sponsored by the AFL-CIO. Since it is sponsored by a union, I expected it to have a leftist slant. But I think they should have at least asked if we would favor non-legislative options. Take a look at question 2 (bolding mine):



2. Indicate your top TWO choices for laws that would most improve your life as a working woman.

Stronger equal pay laws
Laws to improve the quality and affordability of child care and after-school care
Laws to make quality health care more affordable
Laws to make retirement more secure
Laws to expand family and medical leave and to provide for paid leave
Stronger affirmative action laws to provide more opportunities for all women
Stronger laws to challenge discrimination and unfair treatment on the job

Gee, one would think working women just can't get enough laws! We are just women, after all. We need more laws in order to make it in the public sphere.

I took the survey in order to see the results (as of 7/23/2006). I posted a couple of things I found interesting below.


2. Indicate your top TWO choices for laws that would most improve your life as a working woman.





  • Stronger equal pay laws


  • Laws to improve the quality and affordability of child care and after-school care


  • Laws to make quality health care more affordable


  • Laws to make retirement more secure


  • Laws to expand family and medical leave and to provide for paid leave


  • Stronger affirmative action laws to provide more opportunities for all women


  • Stronger laws to challenge discrimination and unfair treatment on the job


    Looks like stronger affirmative actions laws are in last place. Perhaps working women realize gender-based affirmative action is actually working against them?



    12. What proportion of your family or household's income do YOU personally earn?





  • All or almost all


  • More than half


  • About half


  • Less than half


  • None or almost none
    Look who's bringing home the bacon! Even if you assume the women in the top category are single, take a look at the next four categories. If you add more than half to about half, it appears to be greater than less than half plus none or almost none. They don't have the percentages listed; I am merely judging by the size of the bars. It also doesn't say how many women have taken this survey.

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