Every year on August 26th, we celebrate #WomensEqualityDay which annually marks the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution when American women were granted the right to vote.
Women’s Equality Day provides us with an opportunity to celebrate our wins, and show appreciation to those who have helped us achieve these results. However, today in every sector and industry, women are making huge contributions to society, and yet, there are still miles of progress to be made. Equality doesn’t happen in a day, but we can speak up and turn words into actions to support women in the community, at home, and in the workplace.
Turn Policy into Practice
It’s no secret, the wage gap exists. On average, women in the US are paid 20% less than men. According to Harvard Business Review, women are viewed less likable when negotiating salary, and they’re also less likely to receive the salary they want when up against their male counterparts.
Let’s talk pay transparency. When companies are forthcoming and transparent with salaries there is no place to hide pay discrimination against females, or males. Women and men with the same educational backgrounds and experience should be paid equally, no questions asked. Having open discussions, honesty, and clarity during salary negotiations puts fairness as a top priority ultimately making strides towards closing the wage gap.