Happy International Women’s Day! Can you believe we’re still fighting for equality?
It’s 2017, can you believe we’re still fighting for this shit? That we still make 79 cents to every man’s dollar? That we’re still fighting for reproductive rights and control of our bodies?
Yes, it’s true that women still make 79 cents to every man’s dollar. Even though women now earn the majority of college degrees, the wage gap still persists, even growing over time. From American Progress.org: “For women ages 15 to 24 working full time and year round, the wage gap is $4,373 per year. By the time women reach age 45 to 64, they earn $15,404 less than men per year.”
As Gloria Steinem once said, “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” Let’s look at a few decades of our truth, shall we? From women fighting for the vote, to standing up to the wage gap, to standing up for racial justice — we have a long history of badassery to be proud of. And pissed about.
The spirit of the fight has always been in us, and it will be until we are getting paid equally for equal work, have full control of our bodies and choices, and feel safe in our communities. Solidarity to all the women fighting today and every day to make the world better for all of us.