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While getting equal pay is not a goal that can be reached overnight, it's critical to keep all channels of communication open with both female and male coaches and work through such challenges through honest discussions in a supportive environment. Encourage women on your team or in your department to ask for they want and to build a case for themselves based on merit and reaching set goals. It's important to make the ask.
Equal Pay Day is great in principle but in practice, it's both ineffective and powerless to enact the real change working women need. While I as a woman--not to mention, a woman of a visible minority who's inordinately affected by any such wage gap -- openly encourages discussions of inequality, discrimination and sexism, I'm reluctant to engage in a dialogue that sparks interest just once a year.
This year, Equal Pay Day falls on April 20th. It may be too soon to call this a trend, however, some have projected that based on this rate it will take another 50 years or so to reach pay parity. This may be well and good for the female labour force of 2065 and beyond; however, what does the economic profile forecast for working women of today? Historical data paints a bleak future portrait of single elderly women. When segmented further by such criterion as ethnicity, the forecast presents a graver outcome for women of minority with a higher propensity of this population to live out their end-of-life years below the poverty level.
One person's economic justice is another's economic catastrophe. The outgoing star of CBC's "Dragon's Den" Kevin O'Leary appeared on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Equal Pay Day last week. Things go...