Posted on January 15, 2018
However, I believe the following questions must also be considered before engaging with one another:
“Hi. My name is (fill in the blank). I noticed you standing there and I admit, my next question feels a bit awkward. I want to ask you a question that is personal, but I don’t have a relationship with you. It appears that you belong to a blended family and I too am curious about blended families but I recognize that you do not owe me any answers. If you are open and up for it, I am wondering if I could ask you a few questions. I also want to recognize that you do not owe me answers. I believe the answers you may have to offer are a skill set and I am wondering if I can offer you monetary compensation in exchange for your expertise.”
Black women are persistently over-represented in low-paying, often minimum wage, jobs and underrepresented in jobs that rank in the top-tiers. According to the AAUW “the gap widens with higher levels of education in some fields…This inequity stretches to more visible fields, too, like business (there are zero black female Fortune 500 CEOs as of 2017) and Hollywood (none of the 10 highest-paid film actresses in 2016 were black).”
Because I am the type of person that likes action, I thought it may be helpful to put in a few tips for what you can do to help alleviate this gap:
1. Demand pay transparency. Organizations should be expected to annually release a wage report which articulates the pay each employee makes.
2. Call your congressman and demand equal pay by passing legislation that enforces equitable pay
3. Negotiate for an equitable salary with benefits
4. Advocate for one another’s pay equity
Posted on January 12, 2018
Let me be clear: this isn’t a feel-good, pat-myself-on-the-back-type-story.
This isn’t one of those stories that makes me feel good about how easy it was to say some version of the following back:“Yeah, bok choy. You know, when my family grew up on that chicken farm, we grew a lot of vegetables but never bok choy…”
***(Side note: I am, obviously, not a doctor. Thus, these are only suggestions and should therefore be treated as such).
Posted on January 11, 2018
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