(un)Equal Pay Day

With a 14% pay gap in Australia, how progressed is our movement and drive to equality if we can’t ensure that the men and women are getting paid equally for the same jobs?


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On (un)Equal Pay Day, I joked with my friends that I would leave work 14% earlier than my male counterparts to accommodate for the 14% pay gap.


Not a typo. Not a joke.


Astounding. In 2019 we are still talking about a pay gap. Sadly, it makes me question the equality plight on a few levels.


How progressed is our movement and drive to equality if we can’t ensure that the men and women are getting paid equally for the same jobs?
How can the efforts of millions of women (and men) the world over not have corrected this over the last 100 years?
What hope do we have in achieving equality if we can’t simply close and eliminate this gap?

If someone is categorically telling me, that I am worth 14% less of their dollars, this diminishes my belief in my ability and value. It makes me feel lesser. It makes me doubt.


It makes me question my contribution. It certainly doesn’t encourage my ambition. In fact, it demoralises it. How can I possibly give 100% if I am already 14% behind?


All those positive affirmations. Gone.

Statements of belief. Gone.

All the affirmations I am teaching my daughter. Gone.


Above all else, I know something deep inside me. We’ve got some serious work to do here.


Because I’ll be damned if someone is going to tell my daughter she’s worth 14% less than anyone.

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