We don’t know about you, but if H.P. himself tells us to do something, we’re going to do it*.
*We will actually think on it first since some of his ideas are pretty out there. Sorry, dude, but we’re going to have to hold off on the “launch and investigation on every beetle in the world until we find Rita Skeeter” campaign you pitched.
It’s Equal Pay Day – a day that shows how far into 2013 women must work to earn what men earned in 2012. After all, women still make just 77 cents to a man’s dollar. This gender gap affects women (and their families) from all backgrounds, ages, and at all levels of education – and it’s unacceptable.
Reblog if you think it’s time for Congress to support paycheck fairness. Equal work deserves equal pay!
It’s no accident that this holiday is observed on April 8th. According to the National Committee on Pay Equity’s website, “this date symbolizes how far into 2013 women must work to earn what men earned in 2012.” This is bad as it is, but it gets worse.
From the Huffington Post:
“For African-American and Hispanic women, the wage gap is worse, which means it takes even longer for their salaries to “equal” the salaries of their white male counterparts. White men are used as a benchmark because they are the largest demographic group in the labor force. African-American and Hispanic women are paid less than their white and Asian-American peers, even when they have the same educational credentials. Asian-American women’s salaries show the smallest pay gap, at 87 percent of white men’s salaries. Hispanic women’s salaries show the largest gap, at 53 percent of white men’s salaries.”
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Economic inequality is a complicated and pressing issue, with pay equity leading the discussion. Today and every day, we stand as committed advocates for economic equality until the odds are in everyone’s favor.
Join the movement using #EqualPayDay hashtag on twitter today and checking out the We Are the Districts blog.
"A sad truth of human nature is that it is hard to care for people when they are abstractions, hard to care when it is not you or somebody close to you. Unless the world community can stop finding ways to dither in the face of this monstrous threat to humanity those words Never Again will persist in being one of the most abused phrases in the English language and one of the greatest lies of our time."
Relatives of victims of the genocide grieve during a memorial event.
Soldiers of the Rwandan Patriotic Front rebel group inspect the wreckage of the plane shot down April 6, 1994, killing Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira. The attack on the plane sparked the genocide in Rwanda, in which more than half a million people were killed in just three months.
A brother and sister find each other after a reunion of families separated during the genocide.
A crowd of mostly Tutsi civilians, seeking protection against Hutu militiamen, sit in the Saite Famille Catholic church in the then government controlled part of Kigali, listening to a member of the security services address them. Over several months, many people were taken from Sainte Famille church and killed by Hutu militiamen, who maintained checkpoints around the church during the genocide.
One of the many houses marked with the word “Tutsi” stands in a deserted village in eastern Rwanda, just a few kilometers from a church at Nyarubuye in which more than 1,000 people were massacred by Hutu militiamen.
Civilians wounded during the genocide recover in a makeshift hospital in the Sainte Famille church in Kigali, Rwanda.
Thousands of mostly Hutu refugees fled across the border to Congo (then Zaire) in the face of the advancing Rwanda Patriotic Front, in the last days of the genocide. Among them were Rwandan soldiers and militamen who had taken part in the genocide.