How I Spent International Women’s Day 2019

It was Friday, March 8, 2019

Like many special days, the essence of this one is for every day.  That’s my excuse for being a week late posting this.

Did you know that President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963, requiring that women be paid the same as men?  He did!  But it applied only to minimum wage jobs.  Above the minimum wage, women would continue being paid 60% of men’s pay rates.

Today, fifty-six years later, well, keep your chin up, I suppose.  Now it’s way up to 80%!  Just think: at this rate, it will take only until 2075 to get pay equality.

You never know … maybe by then we’ll have a female president, too!  A Latina!  Alright, alright, one century-long step at a time.

There’s an explanation of the pay balance situation at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, which begins with this excerpt:

Women are almost half of the workforce. They are the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with children. They receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. In 2017, female full-time, year-round workers made only 80.5 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent.

Women, on average, earn less than men in nearly every single occupation for which there is sufficient earnings data for both men and women to calculate an earnings ratio. In middle-skill occupations, workers in jobs mainly done by women earn only 66 percent of workers in jobs mainly done by men. IWPR’s report on sex and race discrimination in the workplace shows that outright discrimination in pay, hiring, or promotions continues to be a significant feature of working life.

There must be thousands of videos on the web about International Women’s Day.  I looked at a few dozen.  Many were terrific.  It was a good way to contemplate the day’s meaning.

Can you guess any of the five reasons why I chose this eight-minute video to post as a celebration of IWD 2019?  Or would you like to post a comment on what you like about it?


It’s easy music to dance to, but not a sing-along.

#BalanceforBetter               International Women’s Day 2019 Website

Link to the video.

… and here’s a video for men and boys!!!

Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014 – Official UN Video
13 minutes

Link to the video.

So, why do you think I chose the workplace dancing video?  At first there were two reasons.  As I watched longer, it became five.  Maybe you can add a few more.

2 thoughts on “How I Spent International Women’s Day 2019

  1. Thankfully, I was a woman at a community college where there was a clear pay scale.
    For quite some time, we had a woman president and vice president. When they retired, a man (one I didn’t care for at all) was hired as president and what do you know? The entire administration became male, white male, as people retired or quit in disgust.
    I retired a year after he was hired, a year early and with less money than if I’d stuck it out. I have to say he’s done some good things for the college, expanding it in ways we’d not thought of. But the heavy white male dominance turns my stomach. And did I mention most happen to belong to his church?


    • There should be a sort of #MeToo movement for that kind of thing, for general awareness-raising, but also for calling attention to particular instances like yours, to take the school to task for not doing anything about it. No doubt they knew. Sickening, indeed. The offenders and their protectors have no regard for the people they are impacting, and the personal damage done.


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