One Step Closer to Narrowing the Pay Gap
Life really is too short to get upset over every single little thing, but one of my biggest frustrations is that a good number of women are getting totally hosed when it comes to their salary.
In 1963, the Equal Pay Act was signed and that act made it illegal for an employer to pay unequal wages to men and women who hold exactly the same job, and do the same work. And yet, here we are in 2017 and many (not all) women are still not being paid as much as their male co-workers. What's more is that many (not all) women are working harder and longer at their job to "prove" themselves and they're not being compensated fairly for the extra effort that they put forth. We've come leaps and bounds in the working world, but the glass ceiling is still a very real thing.
If you think that the wage gap you keep hearing about in the news is just some newfangled false idea created by women who want to whine about something just for the sake of whining, think again.
Remember that Equal Pay Act that was signed in 1963? When that act was signed, The average working American woman was only making 58 cents for each dollar her male co-worker made. According to InfoPlease,
By 2013, that rate had increased to 78 cents...African-American women earn just 64 cents to every dollar earned by white men, and for Hispanic women that figure drops to merely 56 cents per dollar. Asian women are the exception, earning 80 cents for every dollar earned by white men.
Imagine the excitement that our working mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers must have felt when the Equal Pay Act was signed and they believed future generations of working females in their family would experience equal pay. And yet, here we are.
While the United States might not have fair pay all worked out just yet, Iceland has taken a huge leap toward wage fairness, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality.
According to the Independent, Iceland is on a mission to take down their gender pay gap and they hope to do it by the year 2020. Icelandic Minister of Social Affairs and Equality Thorsteinn Viglundsson said, "Equal rights are human rights. We need to make sure that men and women enjoy equal opportunity in the workplace. It is our responsibility to take every measure to achieve that." He also stated, "The time is right to do something radical about this issue."
The bar has officially been raised, so it'll be interesting to see if the United States follows in the footsteps if Iceland or if, in another 50 years, our daughters and granddaughters are still lagging behind their male counterparts when it comes to equal pay in the workplace.