Fighting for global pay equality is nothing new for Venus Williams.
The tennis pro and founder of EleVen, a lifestyle brand, kicked off Women’s History Month last year by introducing the #PrivilegeTax, an initiative that raised over $20,000 for Girls Inc., a non-profit organization that is committed to inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The non-profit focuses on “the development of the whole girl” by providing young girls with long-lasting mentoring relationships, evidence-based programming, and so much more.
This month, the Tracy Anderson team is partnering with EleVen once more to highlight the gender pay gap. Tracy Anderson Shop customers can opt to add a $1 donation to their online orders at checkout to show their support. All proceeds from the #PrivilegeTax will go to Girls Inc. in honor of Equal Pay Day on March 15, 2022 and All Women’s Equal Pay Day on April 2, 2022.
Why Equal Pay?
As previously mentioned, All Women’s Equal Pay Day is April 2, 2022. This date symbolizes the day that women’s earnings catch up to men’s for the year before. A Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week. Women working full-time and year round are paid 84 cents for every $1 paid to a man.
Since the second half of the 20th century, women’s labor force participation has grown significantly. Women are working longer hours and pursuing higher education in greater numbers. However, despite this progress, significant wage gaps between men and women persist—particularly for women of color.
“Increasing the minimum wage is a priority,” Venus wrote in an open letter published in British Vogue last year. “Then there’s the urgent need for transparency; if women don’t know they aren’t being paid fairly, how can they do anything about it? Childcare and medical leave also need to be expanded to create equal opportunities for women as they are more likely to take time off work to look after their family.”