The commercial depicts a girl racing against boys in a soapbox derby while the voiceover makes an uncomplicated case that men and women should be valued equally. Seems like a pretty obvious thing to say. But of course, the ad has attracted a group of serious haters.
A local Utah Republican official is in hot water after publishing a letter to the editor in a local paper warning that “equal pay for women has consequences.”
James Green, the vice chair of the Wasatch County GOP office, wrote the letter in response to Senate Bill 210 — legislation that would require employers to guarantee all workers equal pay for equal work.
Green worried that giving women their fair due would take wages out of men’s pockets and keep women away from the home.
Green issued a letter of apology on Thursday, reported on by a local Fox affiliate. Read more (2/17/17 11:18 AM)
We Can't Wait Another 40 Years to Close the Wage Gap
When I graduated from college back in 1976, women made 60 cents for every dollar that men made. That meant my classmates and I had far less value than our male peers, in the most literal way. That meant the deck was stacked against us from the start. And that meant we were set up for a lifetime of less pay, and the likelihood that we would never catch up.
Fast forward to last May, when my daughter, Chiara, graduated from college. You would think — you would HOPE — that in the four decades between her graduation and mine, we would have closed the wage gap. Here’s the reality: From the very beginning of our careers, women and people of color have been paid less than our colleagues for the exact same work. And every time we get a new job, our salary is based on what we were making before. So not only do we start lower on the earnings ladder — we don’t rise as high with each rung we climb.
Today, women of all ethnicities make, on average, 80 cents for every dollar men make. White women earn 82 cents for every dollar white men make. Black men earn 73 cents for every dollar white men make. And women of color are paid the least by far. For example, Latinas make just 54 cents for every dollar men make. How can this be the case in 2016, in a country that claims to be a meritocracy?
The City of New York is answering these questions with bold, progressive policy because we need to make fundamental changes in the way people are hired in our City. The Commission on Gender Equity, which I lead as co-chair, is working to close disparities in pay in NYC and improve economic mobility. We are bringing the full force of City government to jump-start the effort. The Executive Order we announced last Fall will go a long way to ensure equal pay for equal work in our city, beginning with our hardworking public servants. We can’t wait another forty years to close the wage gap — and we won’t.
akrieger11: Today is Equal Pay Day—the day which marks how far into the year the average woman in the US has to work to catch up to what men earned last year. Women on average are still paid 20% less than men, and when you break the pay gap down by race and ethnicity, Black and Hispanic women are paid even less. It’s time to #ChangeTheGame because #20PercentCounts !! (📷: #isiphotos)
There was something huge that I recently turned down. For me, it wasn’t about the money; it was an old-fashioned problem of the wage gap. I turned it down, and they didn’t come back. I remember afterwards I was like, “What did I do? Maybe it was a mistake.” But it wasn’t, because everyone in the studio system heard what I did. So what you’re doing is creating a reputation: Don’t bring Jessica something where she’s not being fairly compensated compared to the male actor. Even though I lost that film, I’ve created a boundary. I drew a line in the sand.
Team USA captain Meghan Duggan discusses the decision by some of the team to threaten a boycott of the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship if demands for fair wages (equal to the men’s national team) are not met.