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By Carole Copeland Thomas
Tough, Tenacious and Talented. That’s how you can describe most women in the workplace. They have to be since the red carpet has never been rolled out for most women who need and want to earn a paycheck Circumstantial differences count for some factors that keep the pay gap between men and women volatile. The necessity to raise a family. Ongoing strength and endurance perceptions about some women succeeding in nontraditonal jobs. And age-old bias that women shouldn’t work continues to contribute to an uneven gender playing field.
In some instances, women have succeeded and are making great strides to contribute, collaborate and coordinate even in the most competitive industries. We certainly salute the recent elevation of Rosalind Brewer, the first female and first African American appointed as Chief Operation Officer (COO) at Starbucks. That is indeed a major milestone and should be celebrated for its symbolism of advancement.
The larger question is how can hiring the Rosalind Brewer’s of the world become simply an everyday occurrence? And how can we move beyond women getting only 80% for every man’s dollar? That number is even more troubling when you break it down along racial lines.
These questions and others like it are societal issues every industry and organization should discuss. Pay equity impacts our men, women sons and daughters who deserve every opportunity to succeed in the workplace. The answers will come from all of us confronting our shortfalls, perceptions, and fears while determining how we can collectively aim higher for greater equity and advancement for all. That’s our long-term homework assignment so that more tough, tenacious and talented women will succeed, lead and achieve throughout our country and throughout the world.
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