‘Money is more important for men.’ Excuse me!

Woman throwing up her hands with broken piggy bank

Earlier this month, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill repealing Wisconsin's equal pay law, which allowed victims of wage discrimination to sue for back wages and lost earnings in state court.

On average, women are paid 77 cents for every dollar a man is paid. In Wisconsin, it's 78 cents, according to the National Women's Law Center.

It’s bad enough that women are still paid less for doing the same jobs as men.

But Walker and his fellow Republicans who pushed the repeal through the state legislature on a party-line vote apparently just don't care.

One GOP lawmaker, Sen. Glenn Grothman, actually sought to defend his actions by saying, “Money is more important for men."

Excuse me?

I'm a 31-year-old woman, and I care very much about money. In fact, I might care more about money, and I have good reason to do so.

It's expensive to be a woman. We are charged more for everything from dry cleaning to health insurance.

When I was shopping for a new insurance plan, some companies were quoting me monthly premiums double what they'd charge a man.

(The Affordable Care Act will end this practice in 2014, but not if Republicans working at the behest of lobbyists to repeal the act have their way.)

It doesn't get any easier over time. Women over the age of 65 typically outlive their partners by 15 years.

We must take an active part in planning for those longer futures, even if we’re married.

Divorce happens. Layoffs happen. Death happens.

Women need to be able to stand on their own two feet, just as men do.

For women leaving the workforce to raise children, that means keeping their skills sharp and making financial arrangements that would protect her should she become divorced or widowed.

The same thing goes for men who leave the workforce for family reasons, an increasingly common occurrence now that 40% of women outearn their husbands.

My solution is not to marry rich, as conservative columnist S.E. Cupp recently suggested in the New York Daily News.

No, it's to invest early -- and wisely.

It's a good plan, no matter what your gender.

It’s a plan to end outdated prejudices against women.

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