"Yes, I am aware of the national statistics that say women make $.70-$.80 (at least so my history prof. says, I'm too lazy to check myself) on the $1.00 that a man makes, I'm just pissed that it's mandated in the public sector that women should have to get equal pay even when they do fewer jobs or do their jobs worse than men do."Um.... you are aware that this bill will make it possible for men to appeal for equal pay/conditions to their female counterparts as well? It's not a 'make women get paid more' measure, it's a 'let everyone get paid fairly' measure.
Also, I'm sure there are plenty of places where women work harder and better than the men at the same place, and get paid less. Nobody can help how well individuals do their job. It's a shame you feel your workplace is so biased, but c'est la vie. Oh, and in my office, I do the majority of the heavy lifting and storeroom clearing, for far less pay than anyone else because that's what my job entails. Sometimes in life you just have to suck it up.
I think Obama put this through so fast partly because it was one of the things he campaigned on. Besides, who was going to oppose that? If you ask me, 180 seems a fairly low statute of limitations.