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His Daughter Has No Idea What She Does For The Women In The Office

What if there were a magical water that could wash away pay inequality for women? Well, someone invented one ... kinda.

His Daughter Has No Idea What She Does For The Women In The Office

It's a fake product called "Daughter Water," a refreshing beverage designed to help male CEOs conceive baby girls.

Sound weird? Just check this out:

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Why should we want male CEOs to have daughters? Because when they do, it tends to reduce the gender pay gap.

While this commercial had me LOLing all the way through, it's obviously not real. But it does actually highlight a real phenomenon that happens when male CEOs raise daughters. The fact is that even after the #LillyLedbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law six years ago, pay inequality is still out of control, with women making 77 cents for every $1 an equally qualified man doing the same job makes on average. Men and women are still not being paid the same — for doing the exact same work.


FACT CHECK TIME:

It's true that male CEOs having daughters tends to reduce the gender pay gap. But obviously the idea that a bottled water can do that is ridiculous (and totally made up).

As of January 2015, women are paid about 77 cents for every dollar a man makes in the U.S. That figure has hardly changed in about a decade.

Gender pay inequality is an international problem. (The folks who made this video are from Australia.) In the U.S., women experience it in all states. Washington, D.C., is at the top of the pay equity scale (paying women 91% of what men earn) and Louisiana is at the bottom (paying women 66%).

Educated women are not exempt. Basically, if you're a woman fresh out of college working full time, a study found that you'll only earn 82% of what guys in the same demographic are paid.

If you're a woman who's been in the game for a while, that's actually a disadvantage. Paychecks for women over 35 are, on average, about 75% of men's.

If you're a woman of color, it's even worse. Black women were paid 64% of what white men doing the same job were paid, while Latina women only received 54%.

It doesn't matter if you're a doctor, a lawyer, or a school teacher. No matter if your occupation is female- or male-dominated, women are very often paid less.

All of this sucks, right? So what can we do about it?

Get involved with groups like The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), which launched a campaign to educate folks about how the gender pay gap affects work environments and how to combat it.

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Increasingly customers are looking for more conscious shopping options. According to a Nielsen survey in 2018, nearly half (48%) of U.S. consumers say they would definitely or probably change their consumption habits to reduce their impact on the environment.

But while many consumers are interested in spending their money on products that are more sustainable, few actually follow through. An article in the 2019 issue of Harvard Business Review revealed that 65% of consumers said they want to buy purpose-driven brands that advocate sustainability, but only about 26% actually do so. It's unclear where this intention gap comes from, but thankfully it's getting more convenient to shop sustainably from many of the retailers you already support.

Amazon recently introduced Climate Pledge Friendly, "a new program to help make it easy for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products." When you're browsing Amazon, a Climate Pledge Friendly label will appear on more than 45,000 products to signify they have one or more different sustainability certifications which "help preserve the natural world, reducing the carbon footprint of shipments to customers," according to the online retailer.

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Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.