With National Equal Pay Day bringing some much-needed attention to the existence of the gender pay gap, it seems to have sparked some amazing creativity amongst folks who are more than eager to contribute their two cents the ongoing debate. Recently, a group of high schoolers vividly illustrated a point about the wage gap between genders by charging girls 77 cents for cookies at a bake sale, while the guys paid a whole dollar. And now Orange Is the New Black actor Matt McGorry has tossed his #78cents into the social media stratosphere, and trust us - what he has to offer is worth way more than mere pocket change.
Matt recently uploaded a video to Facebook (above), along with an essay that expertly outlined the reasons he felt compelled to adopt a feminist stance. He also beautifully argued against those who attack his decision to support gender equality as well as people who defend the gender pay gap.
Addressing those who dispute the oft-cited statistic that women earn 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, Matt wrote:
Let's be honest. We all KNOW that women make less than men (and minority women make even less than white women). In an imaginary world, even if the 78 cent statistic wasn't completely accurate, we still KNOW that there's a disparity.
As for those who claim that men work harder and are therefore deserving of the differentiated pay, Matt explained how women are also at a disadvantage when it comes to their careers:
And it doesn't take statistics to prove this; young girls who show "executive leadership skills" are more likely to be chastised for this, and called "bossy" [then] boys are.
He ended with:
I don't believe that the wage gap in the U.S. is a result of a bunch of evil managers trying to screw women out of their full earnings, but I believe that it's a product of a society that doesn't give them a full shot and that often discourages them from even attempting a bold career path.
Ah, Matt. You're a man after every feminist's heart. For a self-proclaimed "newb" to the gender equality fight, this is essay is courageous and thoroughly on point. It's truly the mark of someone who is unapologetically feminist and fearless!