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Unequal Pay ≠Unequal Giving

Here are two things you should be able to guess about me if you’ve ever read my blog posts before.

1) The Pay Gap really makes me mad.
2) The generosity of women makes me so proud to be female.

Here’s what you should know. According to the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) 2012 edition of The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, “in 2011 women working full time in the United States typically earned just 77 percent of what men earned….” That’s a 23 percent gap my friends. And it’s a gap that affects all of us.

There are countless individuals out there who cast the Pay Gap aside as a women’s issue. Data clearly shows that it is a family issue. Whether married or single, women are helping to support or solely supporting families. That Pay Gap can wreak havoc on children and families. Nothing like a healthy dose of equality to strengthen our families. There’s a family value I can get behind.

Also released recently is Women Give 2012, research about women and giving compiled by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. What they found was, “Even though women, in general, earn less than men, have less money in retirement, and outlive their spouses, this study demonstrates that Boomer and older women are more likely to give and give more to charity than men.”

Unequal Pay ≠ Unequal Giving.

That’s right, folks. Women are getting paid less but giving more!

Coming off the recent election and years of partisan divisiveness and as we teeter terrifyingly close to the edge of the fiscal cliff, I’ve got a suggestion for our nation’s leadership – Equal Pay!

It’s not an original suggestion. I’ll gladly admit that. I’m a woman who prides herself on efficiency and a humble willingness to recognize the smart and logical ideas of others. And those others are telling us that a closed wage gap is just what the economic stimulus doctor ordered. Pay women more, get them into the workforce, and value the work they do. As Heidi Hartmann, president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research said, “If you’re not using your human resources to your full capacity, you’re leaving money on the table.”

Kudos to Katherine Fenton for standing up and asking the Pay Gap question at the second presidential debate, even if the question was dodged.

Time to spread the equality around. It’s what’s best for all of us.

What are you doing to make a difference in achieving equality?

Equality: A Woman’s Place believes each and every one of us must collaborate to create a new society based in equal power and rights.*
*excerpt from the Values Statement of A Woman’s Place

Ifeoma U. Aduba
Interim Executive Director

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