A Hard Day's Work Summary

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A Hard Day's Work Deserves a Fair Day's Pay The article I chose discusses many issues that President Barack Obama touches bases on that deals with occupation. First he starts off by giving minor facts that implement on America’s economy and how we have come a long way. He mentions the middle class and how we as Americans have waited patiently for many opportunities to come our way. Many opportunities such as affordable health care, affordable living, and fair pay. Barack traveled to different states to address the issue and mentioned, by 2016 the pay for overtime workers will be boosted up based off white collar workers. This means the pay will be fairly equal for middle-class workers, compared to upper-class people who get most of the money.…show more content…
Obama’s main point of the article is to get the audience to understand his explanation of making pay equal to all. He mentions many aspects about the middle class and higher class gap of occupation that interferes with their income. Based off Obama points, Gilbert mentions many things in relation to occupation and pay. Obama wants to increase pay for overtime workers, so they will feel their work is more appreciated. Gilbert discusses white-collar work and blue collar work. He mentions “white collar work is more skilled jobs and blue collar work was more for the class of working” (Gilbert, p 49). In relations, Obama stated “We've got to keep making sure hard work is rewarded. Right now, too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve with the exemption of highly paid white collar workers.” (Obama, p2). The reference Obama makes about white collar workers shows relation to Gilbert’s point about white and blue collar workers. In those terms, white collar work meant you were doing desk duty and making more money, and blue collar jobs meant you were going to get dirty and make less money. This shows a relation to Gilbert’s sociological theory “periods and…show more content…
In this chapter there were a lot of graphs illustrated that showed the differences of wealth and income based off race and gender. In one of the graphs mentioned in this chapter Gilbert illustrates the income gap between single family households and married couple households. This graph is based off of African Americans, Hispanics and Caucasian families. Based off the graph for single female headed households Gilbert states “white female headed households tend to bring $34,000 home, Black and Hispanic female headed tend to be equal and bring about $26,000 home” (Gilbert, p82). This graph shows relation to Obama’s point of view about unfair pay. Obama doesn’t mention any specific gender or race that is getting paid unfair, but an assumption can be made of what gender gets more income. I would consider males getting paid more than females based of class discussions from chapter three. This discussion refers to the job segregation, which leads to pink collar workers. The chapter states pink collar workers are “woman labored jobs, labeled for women” (Gilbert, p57). This is an outcome that can still be looked at today about women. Based off our class discussion, woman still today gets a lower income than men because of the work abilities that each gender perform. Men tend to do more hard labored work than women, and women tend to have jobs such as child care, school

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