Just like some people watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, I watch the Oscars for the acceptance speeches, and this year's Oscars did not disappoint.
The one that stood out to me most was Patricia Arquette's impassioned acceptance speech which focused on women in our country. Arquette took to the podium and said, "It's our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America."
Of course, she's right. According to the United States Department of Labor, in 1963, when the Equal Pay Act was signed into law, women were making an average of $.59 for every dollar a man made. Now in 2015, women earn an average of $.81 for every dollar a man makes, and the pay gap for African-American women and Latinas can be even greater.
Business owners listen up! We need to make sure we're stepping up and doing the right thing. Hire the best people for your company and pay them according to their experience and talents, not by their gender! We need to close this gap and make it even for both men and women.
For the record, this is something that our parent company, Raycom Media and we here at KAIT watch closely. Making sure women and men are treated fairly and equally in the workplace will make this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager