In 1920, women in the United States finally won the right to vote. That was nearly 3 generations ago. As hard as it is to believe, in 2018, white women still make only .79 cents on the dollar, women of color and Latino women makes even less.
According to the Shriver report, 47% of women are in the labor force and 62% of minimum wage jobs are held by women. And, 1 in 3 adult women is living in poverty or on the brink of it.
In November, 2017, the World Economic Forum published its most recent report of the gender wage gap issue across the globe. Their findings? We're going backwards. The pay gap is widening and has reverted back to 2008 levels.
It's going to take 217 years (globally) to close the gender pay gap. 217 years, nearly 7 generations. I don't have that long.
Have we really made so little progress in the last century?
No and yes. No, we haven't when it comes to the traditional work place. That's obvious the World Economic Forum report. The gender wage gap is widening, going backwards.
Here's the good news and why I'm optimistic.
I'm optimistic and you know why? Because according to the National Association of Women Business Owners, there are:
1. More than 9.1 million women-owned firms in the United States
2. They generate more $1.4 trillion in sales
3. They employ nearly 7.9 million people.
The good news is that now, more than ever, it's up to us to take our earning power into our own hands. It's up to us to roll up our sleeves, start a business and get paid what we're worth. It's up to us to empower and inspire the generations of women behind us to do the same.
Girl, nobody is going to do it for us. And while I applaud the fight for wage equality in the office tower, I also know that we need to be lifting each other up as we journey forward in entrepreneurship.
We need to stop the comparison game, stop the jealousy and start collaborating. Surround yourself with women who are going to keep pushing you forward and who you can push forward.
Who's in your tribe? If you don't have a tribe, it's time to get out of your comfort zone and start networking in your local community and online. Online, our Fear.less Girl Nation Facebook group is a great place to start. Come on over.
This is too important a topic to let the conversation die. I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments below.