Today, I'd love to be at a local town hall meeting bringing attention to Equal Pay Day. But I'm slammed with deadlines. (I hate when work gets in the way of fun!) So, instead, I'm celebrating Equal Pay Day by brainstorming strategic coverage I can give the topic throughout the year.
White women are paid 77 cents, black women 69 cents and Hispanic women 60 cents for every dollar paid to a white male. If women were paid equal to men, we'd be able to afford some of the conveniences that make a difference in our work life balance — better child care, healthier take out meals, dog walkers, etc. These conveniences not only make our lives easier, they make our entire family lives better. We can't go another generation with women earning less than men for doing the same job.
Now, I ask you, what are you doing to celebrate Equal Pay Day?
It could be something as simple as talking to your children about the wage gap and encouraging them to make changes when they enter the workplace.
It could be something as simple as writing a quick email to your state representative to let him or her know this is an issue you care about.
It could be something as simple as asking for a raise, and telling your boss why you deserve one. Or asking for a raise for your female assistant.
It could be something as simple as re-tweeting a tweet or reposting a Facebook post in support of Equal Pay Day.
It could be something as simple as wearing red today, and telling people why you are wearing red.
I'm sure you can think of lots of other things to do. Just do something and share your thoughts!