LUNA Leans In To Make 20 Percent Count
Starting on April 4—Equal Pay Day—LUNA, LeanIn.Org and the AAUW came together to champion women’s equality. Women on average are paid 20 percent less than men, for doing the same job, and we believe that women deserve their 20 percent—today and every day.
Equal Pay Day marks how far women collectively need to work into 2017 to earn what men were paid in 2016. Because African American and Hispanic women face an even larger wage gap, they have to work even further into 2017 to catch up.
“Women on average are paid 20% less than men—and Black and Hispanic women are paid even less. This hurts women, families, and our economy," said LeanIn.Org president Rachel Thomas. "We’re proud to partner with LUNA Bar, a vocal supporter of women’s equality, to highlight the unfairness of the gender pay gap because we can’t get to equality until women are paid fairly for their work.”
LUNA supports LeanIn.Org’s #20PercentCounts campaign to raise awareness of the gender pay gap, and will donate up to $100,000 to fund free salary negotiation workshops in cities across the U.S. in partnership with the AAUW. www.salary.aauw.org/LUNA
"We know that salary negotiation is not the only variable in the gender pay gap, but it is true that women tend not to negotiate, and that affects their earnings all the way through to retirement," says AAUW Board Chair Patricia Fae Ho. "We are so grateful to have LUNA's support spreading our negotiation workshops, because we know how well they work. We hear from women every day that they used what they learned in AAUW Work Smart immediately—and that it worked!"
In support of the campaign, LeanIn.Org co-produced a campaign video with Funny or Die and Hulu that highlights what a day is like when you get 20% less—of everything.
Equal pay for women would have wide-reaching benefits across our society, and would lift millions of families out of poverty
BY THE NUMBERS: IF THE GAP WAS GONE
- +$530,000 increase in career salary for average woman
- +$877,000 increase in career salary for average African American woman
- +$1,000,000 increase in career salary for average Hispanic woman
LeanIn.Org has commissioned exclusive new research from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research to shed new light on the current state of the gender pay gap and what it means for women, families, and the economy. The new research includes data showing just how big an impact closing the gap would make.
BY THE NUMBERS: CLOSING THE GAP
- +$513,000,000,000 new annual income to U.S. economy
- 2,400,000 U.S. families lifted from poverty
- 3,000,000 U.S. single mothers and their children lifted from poverty
The National Partnership for Women and Families has also partnered with LeanIn.Org to share state-level data on the gender pay gap.
LeanIn.Org is an initiative of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation to empower women to achieve their ambitions. LeanIn.Org offers inspiration and support through an online community, free education materials, and Lean In Circles, small groups of peers who meet regularly to learn and grow together. The Lean In community includes more than 1.5 million women and men and 32,000 Lean In Circles in more than 150 countries. The Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation is a private operating non-profit organization under IRS section 501(c)(3).
About the AAUW
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Through AAUW Start Smart and AAUW Work Smart, AAUW is closing the gender pay gap one workshop at a time. Learn more and join us at www.aauw.org.