What Do We Want? Equal Pay For Women!

Women’s Rights

Born in the 1960’s in Kingston, Jamaica to a single, politically active woman and raised by her for the first 16 years of my life before I left home, my awareness of women’s issues has always been very acute.

Throughout the years, my active involvement in women’s rights issues has risen and fallen to various degrees, depending on my places of residence, whether my focus was intently on studies, the circumstances of my life, etc. What has never wavered is my deep-seated desire, no demand that women everywhere be treated equally, fairly, and respectfully with the full support of the particular country’s laws.

Still Less Than

Equal Pay for Women Worldwide
Equal Pay for Women Worldwide

Since my birth, much has changed for women around the world but little has changed in one of the most fundamental issues for women and by extension their children’s survival – equal pay. In most countries around the world, women still earn less than men. According to all the reports that have come across my screen – most of my reading these days happen on a smart phone app or my laptop – women are earning it seems an average of 60 – 70% of each $1.00 that a man earns.

A report from Catalyst on Women’s Earnings and Income earlier this year indicates that although “Women have come a long way but are still not at parity. Women will need to work more than 70 additional days each year to catch up to men.” It went on to say that at the current rate of change, it would take 45 years (2058) before we are caught up to men. Read the full report here but seeing as the “boys” always look out for each other, if we women do not continue this march for equal pay – we will never catch up.

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Being a grandmother now of a beautiful one-year old girl who is already showing her curiosity, intelligence, keen interest in learning and copying everything she sees and hears, I have bought a new pair of marching shoes. Reading reports such as these have much to do with my interest in making sure that this change do come and that women finally get their fair cut of the proverbial pie – not in 45 years – but by the time my Kitten steps out into the workforce.

Every Woman, Everywhere Must Be Paid Equally

Yesterday was declared “Clock Out” Day for black women by an equal pay advocacy group. It got traction mainly on Twitter with many posting selfies supposedly punching out at 2:07 p.m. The position of the Atlanta-based group leading this symbolic clocking out is that it takes black women 19 hours of work in the United States to make what a white man would in 12 months. For me, as a black woman, this experience of inequity is real here in Canada as well, not only between white men and myself but generally with white men, white women, citizens versus recent immigrant, lesser educated/qualified white men and women.

Yet, the pay gap is more than a black/white issue. It is a humanity issue and so while I loudly applaud that show of frustration yesterday, the march must be joined by women of all stripes and colour, from all countries and in every corner of the world.

I will do my part through this blog and physically joining the march when it comes to my city. You can too – whether you are woman or man who understands the issue and what is at stake. Make no doubt about it, men are affected by this inequity as their spouses’ pay cheque is much needed to support the family these days. Imagine a family of say four in which both parents are bringing in the same amount of money each month instead of the mother earning about 30% less than the father for the same job – or two jobs?

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Woman, Mother, Grandmother & FriendThis week so far, our attention has largely been on issues affecting young women, with our Monday Motivation tips to those in their 20’s was on how to unstuck their careers. We continued this focus with my post on “Lean In or Living Out,” as well as Tuesday’s wellness post discussing the top health fear of women in their 20’s. Today, we continue that spotlighting of 20-something issues with Katelyn’s new post on “20 Year Olds: Start Prepping For The Big M.”

All these posts, along with our last installment later this afternoon of “The Unfortunate Life of An Interesting Woman” by Alexis Ali, were written with the future of our world in mind. Young women today will either be very much a part of the solution or still deeply mired in the problems. My hope is that it will be the former and so we march on.

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Have a Wonderful Wednesday and see you on the road!

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28 thoughts on “What Do We Want? Equal Pay For Women!

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  3. Great post… equality is so important! I believe we will get there one day!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am holding out hope that we do. Maybe not in my lifetime but I hope in my granddaughter’s. 🙂 Namaste

  4. Rosey

    I’ve seen this first hand. I’ve been in work environments that had solid and consistent bases for pay too. The latter was much nicer as everyone was treated the same (in terms of pay).

    1. Ms Claudette

      I’m glad that you found somewhere with equal pay! Not all of us are so lucky but our day will come, that I am sure of! Namaste 🙂

  5. Elizabeth O.

    I still can’t believe why we can’t be treated equally. We can do so much more than they think we can.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is almost incomprehensible but it is the system of power and control and we are the prey. Sad but true 🙁

  6. What a great post. I am all for women’s right and I am praying that this happens soon.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Why thank you on both counts! One more person for the march! 🙂 Namaste

  7. The continued inequality just kills me. I wish it would all even out so much more. It’s not right!

    1. Ms Claudette

      It’s all our wish but only time will tell and our continued, persistent challenging of the system. Namaste 🙂

  8. Great post! I’m all for equal opportunity for women in the workplace. Discrimination has to stop! Thank you for shedding light on this issue.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you! It always feels good when a man fully appreciates the issues as you clearly do. Namaste. 🙂

  9. I am all for women’s rights! LOVE this article!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you! 🙂

  10. Thanks for sharing this very timely information.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are welcome!

  11. This is great. My husband and I had this conversation the other day I had no idea in a lot of places women aren’t paid equal to men. I guess I’ve been out of working for so long I didn’t even have a clue. This is so important.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, there are still many places where women are earning less than 60% of what men earn. Most developed countries though, women earn somewhere between 70 – 78% of every dollar that a man earns. Indeed it is very important to chance. We are grateful for how far we have come but we are not satisfied. Namaste. 🙂

  12. Great post! I believe it will happen soon. I also believe women are much better at business 😉 But that’s just my opinion.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Well you opinion is supported by data as it has been proven that companies headed by women are more productive, staff morale is higher and productivity levels, for the most part, is better. Thanks for your comment.

  13. This is such an important issue! Thank you so much for talking about it 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      Rachel, I could not not talk about it! In all my attempts to be “zenlike” LOL I have to do my part to help secure a fair playing field for our children and grandchildren. I am not an environmentalist, I am a talker and so this is my way of helping to create a “better” future for them. Namaste.

  14. I really can’t believe women are still getting paid less than men. It’s just unacceptable to me, and I will be marching too .

    1. Ms Claudette

      I see you on my right Shann Eva and thank you for joining the march!!! Much love and blessings!

  15. Great post–love your blog, by the way! 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you very much on both counts! Namaste 🙂

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