THE ACTIVIST CARTEL
a written challenge to a duel
ACTION LETTER #11: April 4th, 2017
Dear Activist Cartel,
Why is today, the first Tuesday in April, officially named "Equal Pay Day"? Today symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.
The % earned of what white men earn annually:
Asian women- 87%
White women- 82%
Black men- 73%
Hispanic men- 69%
Black women- 65%
Hispanic women- 58%
Interestingly, Asian men earn 117% more than white men, which is of course worthy of its own exploration. But to keep focus, I want to note that this money adds up quickly over time. The national average has men earning an extra $10,470 a year more than women, which can be a life-altering difference.
Whether it's motherhood interrupting careers or fewer promotions offered, I recommend educating yourself on the complexity of the wage gap and how it also intersects with issues of race.
The more we can be aware of the specific disparities, the more I believe that we'll take action. I was struck by a recent study which revealed that male ophthalmologists earn $95,000 per year more than female ophthalmologists (a 36% difference) and male cardiologists earn $97,000 more than their female counterparts (a 29% difference). They're doing the exact same job.
1.) Find the wage gap for your profession using this calculator.
2.) Tell 3 people why today is Equal Pay Day and share the specific wage gap for your neighborhood.
--Find the wage gap for your congressional district here by selecting your state.
For example, median annual earnings for:
California, CA-33 (West Los Angeles): 72.8%
Men $91,707 -----> Women $66,718
--By selecting your state, you can also view the political pathway and steps that have happened or still need to be taken to achieve pay equity. If you don't know your congressional district & rep yet, then that's not good. Find it out now.
3.) Send a postcard to Ivanka Trump asking her to fight for equal pay.
She tweeted her support today for Equal Pay Day, so let's encourage her to follow through! Ask her to support this legislation specifically.
2449 Tracy Pl.
Washington, D.C. 20008
A NOTE ON THE ENVIRONMENT
I've been asked for action items to help the environment, considering it's under attack as well, and of course I absolutely care about it. I'm keeping my focus on women's rights because it's where I'm the most informed, but when I stumble upon something as easy as this brilliant Kickstarter campaign, I feel compelled to share.
Buy this Microfiber Catching Laundry Ball:
--If 10% of US households simply threw a Cora Ball into their washing machine, it would keep the plastic equivalent of 30 million plastic bottles out of our public waterways every year!
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So thankful for you!