Thursday, April 10, 2014
unequal pay = cray cray.
today, two days beyond [un]equal pay day, musician pharrell williams of "happy" fame
sat with one of my personal heroes, ellen degeneres, & talked about
why he named his latest album "G I R L".
the predictable reason? he likes women. well, duh.
the not-as-expected reason? he's fed up with gender inequality.
"still to this day, what is it – like 73 cents to a man’s dollar?
what is that?
the last i heard, the whole reason this entire species can come into existence
is through the portal of a woman’s body."
ok, who loves pharrell? mmhmm – raise those hands up high, ladies.
seriously, it's 2014. are we really still debating
the appropriateness of equal pay for equal work?
yes. yes, we are.
because these, ladies & gentlemen – & especially the gentlemen:
heads up, please – are the facts:
:: women must work about 60 extra days to earn
as much as men did by the previous year's end.
:: the pay gap – women's 77 cents to every man's dollar – hasn't improved since 2002.
:: at our current pace of progress, we can expect pay equity around 2058.
:: the average american woman loses $431,000 over the course
of her career due to the pay gap.
:: the u.s. is ranked #23 globally in terms of gender equality
[which includes pay equity]. burundi is #22.
:: thanks to u.s. senate republicans, the paycheck fairness act is still not law.
as president obama says in response to those who claim pay equity is a "non-issue,"
"it's not a myth. it's math."
& it's not a women's issue, either. it's an issue about the american family.
because how many working women are working mothers, their paychecks going
to help house, feed, clothe, keep healthy, educate & otherwise support their children,
who, incidentally, will be the future of our country? most of them.
again, the inspirational president of these united states:
"the time has passed for us to recognize that
what determines success should not be our gender,
but rather our talent, our drive & the strength of our contributions.
so, today, let us breathe new life into our founding ideals.
let us march toward a day when, in the land of liberty & opportunity,
there are no limits on our daughters' dreams &
no glass ceilings on the value of their work."
amen, mr. president. you & pharrell go get 'em.
p.s. my new mantra: my body is a portal of life.