I’m concerned about the gaps between what really matters and what the media wants us to think is important. The gaps between what’s labeled as important, and what really is important to humanity.
The gap between what we think we need to have or buy or be to live a happy and fulfilled life versus what we really need.
Standing in line at the grocery store, all I can see are air-brushed models and stories about cheating and dieting. Reality is, I’m tired of it. And a lot of other people are:
Yesterday I was in the grocery store, not the coop, the grocery store, in line to buy batteries for my camera, when I…wildwomanfundraising.com
The “magazeducation” we feed ourselves and our kids is an exaggerated and honest look at what modern day society is consuming and digesting. We are what we eat — or are we? *Have you noticed how much Kardashian drama is constantly fed into the news feeds of Snapchat, that our young teens and preteens eat constantly for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
Sports Illustrated is doing us a big favor. Next week they are releasing a swimsuit issue cover that showcases such an…girlsleadership.org
There are a ton of conversations that can come out of this, but today I want to talk about the gap between where society sets a woman’s value; taking it away from her contribution and continually trying to keep her value set on how she looks.
The gap between what the media wants us to think is an ideal woman, and what a woman really looks like:
I want to change the conversation, so our girls, our minds, our goals are less about the splashy magazine covers that glamorize bodies and looks and bring more to the truths around what’s really happening in our homes, our businesses our government — the places where women are working hard, alongside men to create, save and design our future.
The gap between what women are paid in comparison to what men are paid, for the exact same jobs.
And if you think it feels absurd as a grown woman, try listening to the programming we’ve given our kids around this. It’s easy to see in this clip from Jimmy Kimmel, that we have a lot of work to do for both young girls and boys as far as gender equality language and appreciation. If a young girl is saying women get paid less for the same work because they’re wasting their time “online shopping and stuff” it shows what we’re saying at home is creating our future.
Gender equality starts at home. Gender equality starts in the way we speak of the world and of ourselves. Pay gap will decrease as gender equality increases, it’s simple math.
One element that directly affects the gender pay gap, is job hours and business hours. This clip dives into why this matters.
Thanks to globalization and the internet, more jobs with flexible hours are available and that means women who take on the bulk of unpaid work around childcare and home administration, can continually close the wage gap caused by requiring flexibility.
But there’s a cost to that too, the cost of overworking and exhausting half of our population. The price of keeping the same standards of practice at home, where childcare and home care has primarily been the woman’s responsibility. These statistics are changing — men are stepping up and taking on more responsibilities around home and women are finding companies are getting better at acknowledging work competence rather than business hour attendance.
At this rate, studies show we will close the gap, but sssslllllloooooooowwwwwlllyyyy.
The authors of a new report forecasting that it could take 170 years to eradicate the disparity in pay and employment…www.theguardian.com
Through the Global Gender Gap Report, the World Economic Forum quantifies the magnitude of gender disparities and…reports.weforum.org
*These infographics even show the wage gap GROWING in North America at this current time.
How can we help reduce the Gender Pay Gap faster?
As we all know this isn’t a quick fix problem, there are many ways to approach closing the gap, here are a few:
Wage Transparency brings Parity
Pay on performance rather than gender. An open book practice on employee renumeration seems like an easy way to keep companies honest and highlight discrepancies based solely on gender. This is a new practice, growing in popularity but still has it’s risks and edges that many companies find too cumbersome to overcome.
Federal law has banned pay discrimination since 1963. But more than 50 years later, many in the American workplace -…www.huffingtonpost.com
Calls for pay transparency as a cure for pay discrimination are abundant. As the argument goes, if everyone knows…hbr.org
Gender Equality means Pay Equality
The more women are seen and treated as equals to men, around the world, the better it is for everyone.
A fundamental reason we have not yet achieved gender equality in every realm is that women and girls’ voices are too…www.theguardian.com
One thing is for sure, if Emma Watson’s speech on gender equality delivered at the United Nations last week was given…www.fastcompany.com
Educate, Educate, Educate, Educate
- Educate women and help make education available to every person on this planet equally.
- Educate girls to explore possibilities beyond the social norms they have been taught.
- Educate parents on how to speak in gender equal language in their homes and in their relationships.
- Educate businesses to remove age-old patriarchal practices and positions.
Despite progress in recent years, girls continue to suffer severe disadvantage and exclusion in education systems…www.unicef.org
“Did you know that Jennifer Lawrence earns less than Matt Damon? Or that for every pound a man earns a women will earn…www.theguardian.com
Recognize and Redistribute Unpaid Work
Women are the worlds workhorses for unpaid labour, which in capitalistic terms, means less valuable labour but in terms of human happiness and survival levels, much of the unpaid labour of women is key to our survival as a species.
Unpaid work must be recognized, reduced and redistributed in order to close the gender gap. What if there was a way to acknowledge and remunerate value on the basis of contribution to mankind rather than our current model of payment for goods and services rendered outside of the home?
Over all, richer countries like the United States tend to have a smaller time gap for unpaid work than poorer countries…www.nytimes.com
Focus on Gender Harmony
Sometimes, it’s the equation of both male and females working together that creates the greatest work environment and results. The call for parity is one to enhance both sides, not create separation.
Closing the pay gap is a call to action to allow both men and women work and be acknowledged for all the value they both bring to the workforce and to how they increase our quality of life. True harmony comes from acknowledging the benefits and value of every voice in the chorus.
Everything is personal nowadays, even business. Maybe a little too personal; especially when sex enters the workplace…www.inc.com
When it comes down to it, thigh gap is an empty space, the pay gap is a space ripe a with opportunity, let’s talk about that.
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And as a woman, here’s a great article about more Gaps you may not have even thought about:
It’s been a big month for gaps. Not only did Senate Republicans unite against legislation that would close America’s…nymag.com