In 2015, the average working woman is paid just 79 cents for every dollar that a man is paid. Even worse, Black women are paid only 60 cents for every dollar that a White man is paid, and Latina women, only 55 cents. This disgusting and disproportionate pay scale results in an average loss of $22,000 per year for Black women.
In an effort to tackle the widening gender pay gap during the 2016 election season, Make It Work teamed up with Issa Rae for a short film titled Lessons in Equal Pay from Corporate America.
“I teamed up with Make It Work because so many people either don’t know or won’t talk about the gender pay gap, and that does a disservice to every working woman,” said Rae. “Even I wasn’t aware of how bad the gender pay gap was until the stats were presented to me. I can’t believe we’re literally undervalued in 2015, and I wanted to bring awareness to this issue in my own way. I hope this video does that.”
The two-and-a-half-minute video stars Anika Noni Rose, Gabriel Mann, and four inquisitive children who can’t seem to grasp why a person’s gender should dictate how much they’re paid.
“It is shameful that in 2015 we can look at our mothers, our sisters, and our daughters and still say that they’re deemed not worthy of earning the same salary as a man doing the same job. The disparity between what women of color make compared to men is egregious,” said Rose. “We need to speak out and say that this is unacceptable, and I am proud to be part of a project that could help bring us closer to that goal.”
“I was raised by a single mom and grew up with an awareness of how things weren’t always the same for men and for women,” adds Mann. “The gender pay gap isn’t just a women’s issue. I felt that it was important to speak up for everyone who has had to continually deal with this and to shed some light on why it needs to change.”
Check out the short film below.
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