The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

The Right Wing Targets Working Women

Apr 30, 2012

To say that Rush Limbaugh has a lot of disgusting, rancid ideas in his head surprises no one. He has long acted as the attack dog and spokesperson for the most reactionary layers of the ruling capitalist class.

His target recently has been working women, young women, poor women – that majority of the female population who are not independently wealthy, the women for whom health insurance and healthcare clinics boil down to a matter of life and death.

The war on women is aimed at limiting women’s reproductive rights – meaning that women will remain a cheaper source of labor for the capitalist class.

In capitalist society, the labor of women is undervalued, and overall, women earn less than men for doing the same type of work.

Women give birth to and raise children. But capitalist society puts no monetary value on this very important work. Other industrialized countries at least have some type of government paid maternity leave and/or family allocation. Not the United States.

Because women care for children or care for other sick family members, they go in and out of the workforce. They start out at new hire wages over and over again. They end up accumulating fewer credits toward Social Security. They end up with a smaller pension or less in their 401K.

Because women earn less in this society, that creates a wedge that can be used to drive down everyone’s wages.