Today, April 12th is the day that women worked past January 1st to make the same amount as their male peers in the same job positions. It’s been named Equal Pay Day to raise awareness of the gender pay gap. The day varies based on how much longer women need to work to make up the gap from the previous year. Currently, women in the U.S. make approximately 79 cents for every dollar earned by men.
I believe that everyone should be paid equally for a job well done. Regardless of sex or race, if you do your best you should get paid the same amount as a working peer also doing their best. I am not advocating for female slackers to get paid the same amount as male go-getters in the same position just because they’re female. Simply put, if apples are apples pay the apples equally. Sheesh!
As a woman entrepreneur I control my salary and that of my employees. I love having the power to make sure we’re paid fairly for our efforts. I wrote Elegant Entrepreneur to inspire women with ideas to make the transition from working for a boss to being their own boss.
We can and should build companies that support us and improve the world around us. This is what makes an impressionable entrepreneur, women should have equal rights to men, both should be treated equally and have their needs met. If you are a woman who is currently in some financial difficulty, you can check out money experts such as Lending Expert who will be able to help you with your financial needs. Doing so can significantly improve your financial status.
The U.S. women’s national soccer team is an excellent illustration of the gender gap in pay. Those ladies are World Cup CHAMPIONS and recently had to sue the US Soccer Federation because they’re making 40% of what the U.S. men’s national soccer team is making. P.S. The men’s team hasn’t come close to winning the World Cup… ever.
So in honor of Equal Pay Day, have a discussion about the pay gap with a friend or coworker. The more we can do to stop gender discrimination the better. This is an issue that has an impact on people regardless of their identity or sexuality and therefore whether you are a heterosexual cisgender woman or a member of the LGBTQ+ community, we all need to speak up. Share what you know, and if there’s an opportunity to help another woman receive equal pay step up ladies!
*A note about the gif… it perfectly expresses how I feel when someone says, “Equal pay isn’t a big deal.”