We spent March looking at women; historical rulers, current heroes, and issues facing them in public spaces. We focused a bit on it in a series of videos (find out more here) and one of the particular foci of the discussion regarded pay equity.
If this is not an issue you've ever thought about before, we encourage you to take 15ish minutes and watch Dr. Donnelly explain it in this video.
The reality is simple: women do not have pay equity globally, and that includes the United States. Even though President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, women make an average of 83 cents on the dollar to men with their commensurate experience.
There's a lot being written today about the facts of it all (here from Fortune, here from Time, here from Emily's List) , but we wanted to provide some options about what can be done, with some creative options. (Since we're being intentional about creativity these days!)
Give to Girls Helping Girls Period
Have you ever considered how expensive tampons and pads are? As the website of the nonprofit Girls Helping Girls Period explains so perfectly, "Girls and women in communities all across the United States are missing school and work because they simply can't afford basic necessities like tampons and pads. Those items are not covered by food stamps and some families are forced to cut back or choose other critical purchases."
Want to cut the pay gap? One way is to ensure girls have an equal footing in school, and one way to do that is to make sure they can go to school while still on their periods.
Mentor Young Women
Short on cash, but long on time? Another way to create equity is mentoring. Women are less likely to mentor than men in business settings, and this feeds into all the reasons why the pay gap exists. Not in a corporate setting? Don't work with any young women? Become a big brother or a big sister.
Support the Ratification of the ERA
Currently, women are not a legally protected class within the United States legal system. This means that pay discrimination cases are harder to prove than they should be. One way to change that is for the U.S. to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.
So there are our three out-of-the-box ways to fight for pay equity. What are yours?