How would you feel if someone shortchanged your daughter's lemonade stand? Probably not so good.

Maybe you'd first wonder, "What kind of schmuck cheats a little kid?"


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But then you'd probably want justice. And if you couldn't give it to them in that moment they're doubting humanity, maybe you'd turn it into a teachable moment.

That's exactly the idea with a video for Make It Work, a campaign focused on policies that can help working families. The two-minute film was directed by Issa Rae, who's best known for her YouTube comedy series "Awkward Black Girl."

In an interview with Essence, Rae explained why she decided to get involved:

“I was one of many Americans who just didn't know men and women weren't being paid the same. ... So I figured if I didn't know, lots of other people didn't know."

What she produced is a kid-friendly take on a problem affecting millions of women.

Daughters, sisters, moms, aunts, and grandmas are shortchanged every day by the gender pay gap.

For every dollar men earn...

...women earn less than 80 cents.

Today, women earn on average about $11,000 less per year than men for the exact same jobs.

The Institute for Women's Policy Research says if wage growth for women continues at its current pace, it'll be the year 2059 by the time we see equal pay for men and women. "We're slated to have flying cars and humans on Mars first," wrote Rae. "I wish I were joking."

But pay equality could take longer for women of color. For example, black women earn only 63 cents for every dollar earned by men...

...and Latina women earn little more than half of what men make.

The gender pay gap is leaving black and Latina women roughly $22,000 and $25,000 short, respectively, every year. Again, for the exact same work.

Sometimes, convincing our bosses and officials that the gender pay gap is wrong feels like pulling teeth.

When the perpetrators of pay inequality in the video are challenged, they respond with excuses...

...avoidance...

...victim-blaming...

...and logic even they can't defend.

Just as you wouldn't stand for someone cheating your kid at a lemonade stand, so should we be about the pay gap.

Why? Because "gone are the days of men bringing home the bacon while women fry it up in the pan," say the advocates at Make It Work. "The world has changed, and our rules need to sprint to catch up."

Watch Issa Rae's video for Make It Work, and if you learn something new, do working women and their families a solid by passing on this story.

Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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Matthew McConaughey in 2019.

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey made a heartfelt plea for Americans to “do better” on Tuesday after a gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde is a small town of about 16,000 residents approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. The actor grew up in Uvalde until he was 11 years old when his family moved to Longview, 430 miles away.

The suspected murderer, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement at the scene of the crime. Before the rampage, Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother after a disagreement.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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