Today is Equal Pay Day and there’s no question this day is significant to WGLI. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. By now we are all familiar with the statistic that a woman working full-time, year-round makes, on average 80 percent of what a man earns during the same period, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) states based on the data trend since 2001, it has been determined that it will take more than a century, until 2152, for the pay gap to close. That’s too long to wait. To learn more about these issues by going beyond the 80 percent statistic, check out the AAUW’s Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap. The report explains the pay gap in the United States; how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels; and what you can do to close it.
WGLI Partners with Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign. WGLI is proud to partner with activist and entrepreneur, Meena Harris and her Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign which aims to fund the critical work that’s being done for women’s rights on the ground by remarkable organizations every day including Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Girls Who Code, Emerge America, The United State of Women, and Essie Justice Group. Through the sales of the “Phenomenal Woman” shirt on the celebrity charity fundraising platform Omaze, the campaign has gained momentum.
Purchase a shirt and you will be a part of the growing tribe which includes celebrities like Viola Davis, Connie Britton, America Ferrera, and Lena Dunham, as well as other influential women like Valerie Jarrett. In addition, Harris is partnering with CNN host and commentator, Van Jones and his new initiative, #LoveArmy and has introduced a “Feminist” shirt for men. They are working together to launch a campaign that calls on men to calculate just how much more they get paid and to donate that amount to organizations dedicated to fighting for gender equality.
How can you contribute to #EqualPayDay?