Though women have made great strides in the workplace lately (um, hello, first female Democratic presidential nominee), we still have far to go — particularly in the realm of wage equality. But now, thanks to a new initiative put forth by the White House that calls for private sector companies to take the “Equal Pay Pledge,” the pay gap could soon become a thing of the past.
According to a post on the White House’s blog (yes, we said White House blog), “in 2014, the typical woman working full-time all year in the United States earned only 79 percent of what the typical man earned working full-time all year. The pay gap is even greater for African American and Latina women, with African American women earning 64 cents and Latina women earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white non-Hispanic man.” So on Wednesday, at the United State of Women Summit, the White House announced they would be challenging companies to join them in their commitment to ending the gap once and for all.
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In total, 28 companies have accepted the challenge thus far, including a huge number of tech and fashion brands such as Amazon, Spotify, Rebecca Minkoff, L’Oréal USA, Gap, and Slack, with more invited to join over the coming months. Each company also released a statement on the White House’s website about why they’re getting behind this issue.
For example, Stella McCartney, who has also led the fashion industry on cruelty-free and sustainable fashion, wrote:
“At Stella McCartney, we are proud of our gender diversity and are dedicated to continuing to foster a gender-balanced workplace. Women occupy 67% of our leadership team and we have an even higher number of women across the brand. We place gender equality as a strategic imperative across our talent pipeline. Stella McCartney was recently awarded the EDGE certification, the global standard for gender equality in the work place, across three of our core business centers in the USA, United Kingdom and Italy.
Having attained the EDGE certification, we are already committed to continually reviewing hiring and promotion processes and to conducting annual company-wide analysis, including fairness and equal pay for all.”
Now that’s a message we can all get behind.
What do you do to support the equal pay movement? What brands would you like to see added to this list?