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Jaw-dropping pay inequity pushed Catt Sadler to quit 'E! News.'

'How can I operate with integrity and stay on at E if they’re not willing to pay me the same as him?'

After years gracing TV screens on the E! entertainment channel, Catt Sadler is saying good-bye to the network — not because she wants to, but because she couldn't carry on with her head held high knowing what she knows now about her salary.

In an open letter published on her personal website, the celebrity news host explained her decision to leave despite adoring her "work family" and hosting two successful staple programs for the network: "Daily Pop" and "E! News."


According to Sadler, 'E! News' has been paying Jason Kennedy, another E! host with roughly the same on-air duties, nearly double what they've been paying her.

"Information is power. Or it should be," Sadler wrote in her letter. "We are living in a new era. The gender pay gap is shrinking, although admittedly we have a long way to go. And well, I learned this first hand. My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly."

Jason Kennedy and Catt Sadler in 2012. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images.

As Sadler told People magazine, E! executives' counteroffers were "not even remotely close" in matching Kennedy's salary. So she decided to walk away.

"Know your worth," Sadler wrote to her fans.

She continued (emphasis added):

"I have two decades experience in broadcasting and started at the network the very same year as my close friend and colleague that I adore. I so lovingly refer to him as my 'TV husband' and I mean it. But how can I operate with integrity and stay on at E if they’re not willing to pay me the same as him? Or at least come close? How can I accept an offer that shows they do not value my contributions and paralleled dedication all these years? How can I not echo the actions of my heroes and stand for what is right no matter what the cost? How can I remain silent when my rights under the law have been violated?"

Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images.

An E! spokesperson rebuked Sadler's take on the situation, telling People the network "compensates employees fairly and appropriately based on their roles, regardless of gender." But Sadler's experience at the negotiating table reflects a larger systemic issue far too many women face.

Sadler's story isn't the rare injustice. Pay inequity crosses nearly all industries, affecting women in many fields.

The pay gap between men and women has narrowed in the 54 years since the passing of the Equal Pay Act, which barred income discrimination based on gender. But even in 2017, women still earn only 79 cents for every dollar a man makes, Business Insider reported. That figure gets even more alarming when broken down by race and ethnicity: Black and Latino women earn 65% and 55% of what white men make, respectively.

While there are additional societal factors that contribute to this disparity (women are less likely to pursue careers in many of the highest-paid industries, for instance), sexism — whether overt or subconscious — plays a role. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist, told Fast Company last year that “[pay discrimination] persists even after comparing men and women with the same job title, at the same company, and with similar education and experience.”

For Sadler, enough was enough. And she's not going out silently.

"Countless brave women have come forward this year to speak their truth," she wrote. "Females refuse to remain silent on issues that matter most because without our voices, how will we invoke lasting change? How can we make it better for the next generation of girls if we do not stand for what is fair and just today?"

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At last, summer is here. And for many people, that means it's time for heading to the beach and maybe even catching some waves. Surfing is a quintessential summertime activity for those who live in coastal communities—it’s not only really fun and challenging, it’s also a great way to celebrate Mother Nature’s beauty. Even after a wipeout, the cool water mixed with warm sunshine offers a certain kind of euphoria. Or, you know, just hanging back on the sand is plenty fun too. Simply being outdoors near the ocean is its own reward.

pacifico quiksilver beach cleanupLet’s protect the places where outdoor adventure happensAll photos provided by Pacifico

However, it's well known that our beautiful beaches are suffering the consequences of overcrowding, pollution and littering. What was once a way of playing in nature is now slowly destroying it. And of course, this affects beachgoers everywhere. The sad truth is—without taking action to preserve all the natural joys the earth provides, we will eventually lose them.

But there is hope. Two popular brands that both have roots in surf culture have teamed up to help make trips to the beach a more sustainable pastime. The best part? You don’t have to know how to hang ten in order to participate.

Pacifico®, a pilsner-style lager originally brought to the U.S. by surfers, and Quiksilver, an iconic apparel company loved by both surfers and beach goers alike, have created a brand-new range of clothing and accessories with sustainability in mind.

Take a look below. These threads are great for all kinds of fun in the sun, without compromising the environment.

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The collection launches on July 5 and includes tees and woven shirts, boardshorts, hats, flip-flops and a special beach towel and tote bag. The unique collaboration features the vibrant, colorful designs that are the hallmark of Quiksilver combined with Pacifico elements, created to make a positive impact.

Each item has been thoughtfully curated to minimize an environmental footprint and protect the outdoors. The hats, for example, are made from NetPlus® by Bureo®, a raw material created from South American recycled fishing nets. Additionally, the board shorts are made from recycled plastic bottles, and tees are made with 100% organic cotton. Pretty rad stuff, to put it in surfer lingo.

The prices on these pieces are equally rad, ranging from $28 flip-flops to $60 boardshorts.

In keeping with the sustainable ethos and protecting the places we play, Pacifico and Quiksilver will celebrate the products’ launch by hosting two beach cleanups. The first is on July 5 at Sunset Point in Malibu, California, from 4-5:30pm, and the second is on July 9th at Deerfield Beach in Florida from 8:30 – 10:30am.

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Theses beach cleanups are open to anyone over the age of 21 who’s ready to have some fun while taking care of nature’s playground.

Those who can’t make it to the beach (bummer, dude) don’t have to miss out on all the fun. The new collection will be available on July 5th at www.quiksilver.com/mens-collab-pacifico. And even if you don’t surf, never plan to surf, have no desire to even be near a surfboard, rest assured, the apparel is still cool. Plus sustainable choices are always good fashion.

Our planet provides us with an endless supply of beauty and adventure. But without more mindful actions from humanity, its natural wonders will eventually diminish. Fortunately Pacifico and Quiksilver are making it easier than ever for people to enjoy the great outdoors without jeopardizing it. That’s a wave worth riding.

Paul Rudd in 2016.

Passing around your yearbook to have it signed by friends, teachers and classmates is a fun rite of passage for kids in junior high and high school. But, according to KDVR, for Brody Ridder, a bullied sixth grader at The Academy of Charter Schools in Westminster, Colorado, it was just another day of putting up with rejection.

Poor Brody was only able to get four signatures in his yearbook, two from what appeared to be teachers and one from himself that said, “Hope you make some more friends."

Brody’s mom, Cassandra Ridder has been devastated by the bullying her son has faced over the past two years. "There [are] kids that have pushed him and called him names," she told The Washington Post. It has to be terrible to have your child be bullied and there is nothing you can do.

She posted about the incident on Facebook.

“My poor son. Doesn’t seem like it’s getting any better. 2 teachers and a total of 2 students wrote in his yearbook,” she posted on Facebook. “Despite Brody asking all kinds of kids to sign it. So Brody took it upon himself to write to himself. My heart is shattered. Teach your kids kindness.”

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