Saturday, October 1, 2016

Am I Only 77% as Valuable as a Guy?

Lately, we have been hearing a bit more in the media about the economic standing of women in the United States. Some of us might have heard that in forty percent of households women are the primary or only breadwinner. And we may have also heard that women make an average of seventy seven cents for every dollar that men earn. We haven’t yet heard someone clearly pointing out the subtext in this situation and the message that is being communicated to millions of young women just starting out: that women are only seventy seven percent as valuable as men.

This is the same message that drives a lot of the issues women have to face every day. Instead of listing these numerous issues and bumming us all out I want to have a no holes barred conversation with all of you ladies reading this article about how valuable we really are, about how amazing women in your community and family truly are.

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I’ll start. Here is a list, in no particular order, of some of the value women bring to the country in microcosms and macrocosms.
  1. Friends – We support each other unconditionally. As women, many of us love our friends like family and with care reach out to one another in good times and bad. Whether laughing, crying, or a bit of both we are there for each other and it’s SO valuable.
  2. CEOs – Women CEOs are more trusted and surveys conclude they are more meticulous in their methodologies. Thereby, making them more effective. (Please note this article is in no way meant to be anything but positive and men are wonderful and loved and respected by the author.)
  3. Teachers – I am currently friends with six female teachers and these women go above and beyond! Some spend part of their meager salaries to get supplies the classroom needs. Some organize fundraisers to help their kids have a field trip or a dance. All spend many hours outside the classroom working and volunteering their time to coach teams and support children.
  4. Mothers – Many women are close to their mothers in different ways. Some of us talk on the phone with ours several times a week or more. Some of us receive handmade gifts from our mothers. Some women have the amazing experience of relying on their mothers for high quality child care. So many mothers are superwomen and we all know it.
  5. Managers – How many women managers do you know? I know a few and they are all seemingly tireless advocates for their companies. I want to see them make what they are worth.

Tell me more in the comments section. Why are we so valuable? If we can recognize our value; we can learn to advocate for ourselves from positions of strength and authenticity and command equality. Cause we are getting there, but we aren’t there yet.

 

white dress red bkgrnd with sunAmy Leigh Mercree is an author, media personality, and expert dating, relationship, & wellness coach. Visit her at AmyLeighMercree.com and @AmyLeighMercree.

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