Don't Think You Can Do Anything to Help for Equal Pay Day? Think Again
This year, April 4 marks Equal Pay Day — a day recognized annually that "symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year."
Although we have made some progress from last year (when the day was recognized on April 12), we still have a ways to go — actually, more than four months of progress to make and a 20 percent gap to close (a percentage which varies with race and ethnicity).
See below for ways you can take action this Equal Pay Day.
1. DOWNLOAD the MAKERS Podcast
Every episode of the MAKERS Podcast shares the stories of history-makers and glass-ceiling breakers of the past, present, and future, but the newest episode specifically tells the stories of MAKERS Oprah Winfrey and Billie Jean King and their struggles with unequal pay throughout their career. Listen up as Winfrey and King share why you should fight for equal pay, too.
2. PARTICIPATE: MAKER Sheryl Sandberg Says #20PercentCounts
Lean In's initiative for Equal Pay Day this year, #20PercentCounts, will be recognized by "300 local businesses in 25 cities around the country" who will offer "20 percent discounts to women... to 'punctuate the impact [the gender wage gap] has on families.'" Post about the campaign on social media to raise awareness that women on average are paid 20 percent less than men in the United States.
3. WATCH Men Fighting for Equal Pay
MAKERS' new series, MAKERS Men, profiles the incredible men who are helping women advance in society. Watch the premiere of UConn Women's Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma and hear what he has to say about equal pay.
4. SIGN UP for the MAKERS newsletter
In every newsletter we send out, we have a call to action to help move the ball forward on equality forward. With the help of each of our MAKERS, we have hope that one day, with everyone's help, we will see the day of true equality.
5. PARTICIPATE in MAKER Tiffany Shlain's 50/50 Day
Prepare to join a global conversation on May 10 about what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world by signing up to host a screening of the acclaimed 20-minute film "50/50" by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain.
Photo Credit: Damon Dahlen, Huffington Post