My little feminist, Adolpha, was highly offended. "You will not! I will make as much money as you, Gomer!"
"Nope. Mom told me. Ladies make less than men even when they do the same job. It sucks, but that's the way it is."
"Hold on, Gomer," I said. "I did tell you that and I did say it sucked, but I also said we have to try and fix it. Do you remember that part?"
"Oh yeah," Gomer said. "I forgot."
"You forgot, because it doesn't affect you - yet. It will when you have a wife and a daughter who want to earn as much money as a man."
"Yeah, Gomer!" Adolpha said. "We want as much money as you."
"You keep telling me you're going to own your own company some day, Gomer. You better make sure you pay your female employees as much as you pay your male employees for the same job."
"I will," he said. But I could tell he didn't mean it. That kid is going to require some more work before he really understands.
Maybe these numbers could help him:
For the fourth year in a row 4.4% of Fortune 500 CEOs were female. (Source: Catalyst.org, 2014)
Women earn an average of 77 cents on the dollar compared to men - unless they have a master's, then it's even less. (Source: MSNBC, 2014)
Imagine my surprise this morning when I woke up and found that Beyonce had released an essay over night talking about the same thing! She's part of The Shriver Report and you can download the whole book for free (which I just did).
I've been known to give Beyonce a little crap here and there on this blog, but today is all about praise. She had me as soon she wrote "We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn't a reality yet." I love this essay so much. I love that she's using her super powers for good and helping to spread the word so that her little Blue Ivy and my Adolpha will have the same opportunities as Gomer someday.
I hope that by the time my kids are grown the gender equality gap will be narrowing. However, I'm not sure it will make a lot of difference in what my kids earn at their jobs. After all, Gomer has plans to go to Harvard and start his own business, while Adolpha dreams of being a professional dog walker. Now I must convince Adolpha to turn that dog walking business into a Fortune 500 company and add one more female CEO to the list and we're all set. I have a lot of work to do if I don't want that girl living in my basement for the rest of my life!
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