Pay equity issues continue to be a hot topic of debate as women have historically been paid less – as much as 20% less than men for the same tasks. While the gender pay gap has been slowly improving since the 1970’s and solutions are continually being discussed there is definitely still a gap.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, weekly earnings for men and women differ between $114 for those aged 25 to 34 and gradually increases to a staggering $289 difference when men and women reach the ages of 55 to 64 years old.
In the meantime, how can you fight for equal pay in a practical, goal-oriented manner?
- Practice civic engagement: Become involved in local, state and federal legislative efforts towards equal pay. Each state has its own unique pay gap. Fixing or narrowing the issue on a local or state level could fuel the fire on a federal level.
- Host an event or forum: Time and energy is never wasted when invested into a worthwhile cause. If hosting an event or forum, consider inviting local lawmakers, university professors and business leaders who can intake and spread the information as they see fit to further champion your efforts.
- Share your thoughts on social media platforms: Social media is a powerful tool to increase engagement and awareness. For people to want to make a difference, they must understand its implications. Social media activism is a great path to spread your message.
- Learn how to negotiate your salary: A direct method of generating equal pay is salary negotiation. Asking for more than you want, not citing a salary range, being kind but firm in your request, focusing on market value and knowing your worth are all essential tips to guide you in salary negotiations.
- Get inspiration from other successful women: Whether it’s a business leader known around the world, an inspirational self-help author or a successful friend, use their path as a learner’s tool. Develop that relationship and don’t be afraid to ask about mentorship. It’s never too early to receive career guidance.