The fight for equal pay in the workplace has been a long battle that women across the country have been advocating for. In 2014, white women 78 cents for every dollar earned by a white man, while African-American women earned only 63 cents and Latina women earned 54 cents compared to white men.
Our team is inspired by the fact that the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team filed a lawsuit against their employers saying that they are unequally paid compared to their male counterparts. For those of you who are not aware, the U.S. Women’s National Team won the World Cup this past summer and are favored to win the gold medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August. With a victory in Rio, the U.S. Women will have a total of three World Cup trophies and five gold medals, yielding a much greater success rate than the Men’s National Team.
“The fact that women are being mistreated financially is, sadly, not a breaking news story. It goes on in every field. We can’t right all the world’s wrongs, but we’re totally determined to right the unfairness in our field.” Carli Lloyd, co-captain of the team, said in a statement in a recent article for the New York Times. “In order to continue to grow this sport and grow athletics for women as a whole, there need to be changes made. This issue goes beyond the soccer field, this issue is something that all women can relate to.” We, as women, should not have to fight to get equal treatment as our male counterparts. We need to stand together and fight back. The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team is just the current group of strong females that are trying to break their own “grass ceiling”.
To help tackle this issue in Boston, Strong Women, Strong Girls, in collaboration with The American Association of University Women and the City of Boston, is hosting a free salary negotiation workshop on the evening of June 29th at the Hollister Staffing Office.