The Capital’s steps are crowded with women donning RED. The message is women will no longer stand for less than EQUALITY. The wage gap impacts women throughout their entire lifetime. It shows up early as the inability to fund your retirement because you’re earning less and the funds are going to more immediate needs such as child care, transportation, insurance, food, shelter, and education, just name a few. Protesting is not enough! You can take action today! You’ve got to tell your powerful story to help raise awareness and change policies around gender equality issues for all women. Click <http://aauwmi.org/share-your-story-of-unequal-pay/> to share your story, today “International Women’s Day”.
Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day and women all over the globe are showing solidarity by striking from employment. Women are asserting it’s “A Day Without Women”. Is it really? Can all women afford to strike? Considering the pay gap in the US gives me pause. Latina women earn 54% of what White men make; African American women make 63% of what White men are paid; American Indian women bring home 60% of what White men earn; White women earn 76% and Asian women’s wage gap is 90% of what their male counterparts bring home, respectively. Therefore, I would conclude that more women of color will be at work today. Other’s simply can’t afford to strike for fear of losing their jobs. However, I do applaud women who can participate. This is an enormous opportunity to bring attention to an important issue.
President Obama addressed women pay issues in his 2014 State of the Union Address. He says, “Women earn 77 cents to every dollar a man takes home and in 2014 Income inequality for women is an embarrassment.” We are already aware of this. He continues on to say, “We need to do a way with policies that belong in an episode of Mad Men.
What’s equally embarrassing is gender inequality at the executive level. Women make up 4.5 percent of the Fortune 500 companies and 4.2 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. Women can make a stand and take action by hitting organizations and companies where it counts, in their pockets!