Today marks the third annual Blog for Fair Pay Day sponsored by National Women's Law Center and MomsRising.org. The theme for this year is "Stop Discounting Women." The average working woman in the U.S catches up to what her male counter part made in 2010 today. This issue seems unbelievable to my generation, perhaps that is why it continues. Women often complain that we no longer need feminism, that long ago anger at lack of access. Why then do you not get paid fairly? Who is going to stand up for you and make the people responsible for this gap change? At the most basic level woman working in North America today should be paid at the same level as men for equivalent work. It continues to baffle me that this is not dealt with swiftly by legislation. Although I realize that swiftly and legislation is an oxymoron.
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I stand today in solidarity with women across the globe who are discounted for their work. Who have to prove themselves twice as much, juggle the many hats we tend to wear, and still face glass ceilings and gender barriers. I stand as a woman who has chosen a different path, but is grateful that I had that choice, as I'm grateful for the women and men who fought for my right to choose it.
Our generation can fix this and move into a new era of equality that benefits both sexes and shows future generations that we cared enough to spare them the same fate.