Target: New Hampshire State Representative Will Infantine
Goal: Urge Will Infantine to apologize for sexist remarks regarding women’s work ethic
New Hampshire State Representative Will Infantine recently expressed support for the idea of men receiving higher pay than women for equal work. The Republican Representative defended this idea saying that men take greater business risks and are willing to work harder. These sexist remarks should not be condoned, and Representative Will Infantine should apologize for these statements.
In a recent House speech against the state’s paycheck equity bill, Infantine supported the fact that women in the state make less than men; even suggesting that women are more lazy and less motivated. Regarding men’s work ethic, Infantine said “They don’t mind working nights and weekends. They don’t mind working overtime, or outdoors in the elements.” After several outraged colleagues disagreed, he went on “Men work five or six hours longer a week than women do. When it comes to women and men who own businesses … women make half of what men do because of flexibility of work, men are more motivated by money than women are”.
These thoughts are outdated and do not defend that men should make more money than women. Infantine was being sexist in generalizing male and female work habits. Pay should not be determined by gender and must be done on a case by case basis. Perhaps in some cases there are men that are more flexible and motivated than women, but the opposite is also true in other cases. Laziness, motivation, and work ethic are not gender traits, they are individual traits.
Representative Will Infantine’s comments are archaic and disrespectful towards women. Please sign the petition below to urge this politician to apologize for his actions and refrain from making such ignorant comments in the future.
Dear Will Infantine,
Your recent remarks supporting that it is fair for women to make less money than men were sexist and ignorant. The so-called facts that you used generalized men and women rather than fairly of evaluating workers on an individual basis. In many cases, there are men who are more flexible and motivated than women; however, in other cases the opposite is also true.
The fact that many still believe that men should be paid more than women is archaic and disgraceful. Work ethic is not a gender characteristic, it is an individual characteristic. Therefore, pay should be determined on an individual basis, and thinking otherwise is ignorant and unjust.
We ask that you please apologize for your poorly thought out remarks and please refrain from making similar ignorant and offensive comments in the future.
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