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See a woman explain one of the most unfair things about being a woman — in only 15 seconds.

Remember the "this is your brain on drugs" commercial from the '90s? Where the guy cracked an egg into a frying pan, stared at the camera, and said, "Any questions?" Well, this video is just like that.

See a woman explain one of the most unfair things about being a woman — in only 15 seconds.
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Any questions?

*mic drop*


*picks mic back up*

Apparently there are some questions.

The first is about the actual size of the gap. The above video builds on the most commonly used statistic: A woman makes 77 cents for every $1 a man earns. While that figure fluctuates from 77 to 80 cents depending upon the source, the reality is that even with a cent here and a cent there, according to American Association of University Women's "The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap," the gap has barely budged in a decade. So that's the point.

The second question is the doozy, often asked by people who want to deny the reality of gender bias and place blame for the disparity squarely on the shoulders of women:

"Don't women make less money because of their own choices?"

Sorry, no. The Center for American Progress recently debunked that myth completely. While the gender gap is caused by many factors, it cannot be explained away just by saying that women don't ask for higher salaries, don't go for the higher-paying jobs, and generally don't "lean in" enough.

A Bloomberg study showed that in 17 of 22 industries with all other factors being equal, women were offered lower starting salaries than men.

And while there are some choices that women make that influence this gap — namely the "choice" to take off time to care for children at a higher rate than men — only 10% of the difference can be attributed to this fact.

Overall, the data is clear: "At any education level, a man will make more than a woman. He'll also make more in any industry — including female-dominated ones — and virtually every job."

And if you want to nerd out and really have your mind blown, check out this video from Pew Research Center on the wage gap:

OK. Feel knowledgeable enough to keep reminding your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, Twitter followers, mechanic, dentist, dry cleaner, and anyone else you know about the gender pay gap? Good. Then here's an easy way to do it: Go ahead and share this post.

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Figuring out what to do for a mom on Mother's Day can be a tricky thing. There's the standard flowers or candy, of course, and taking her out to a nice brunch is a fairly universal winner. But what do moms really want?

Speaking from experience—my kids range from age 12 to 20—a lot depends on the stage of motherhood. What I wanted when my kids were little is different than what I want now, and I'm sure when my kids are grown and gone I'll want something different again.

We asked our readers to share what they want for Mother's Day, and while the answers were varied, there were some common themes that emerged.

Moms of young kids want a break.

When your kids are little, motherhood is relentless. Precious and adorable, yes. Wonderful and rewarding, absolutely. But it's a LOT. And it's a lot all the fricking time.

Most moms I know would love the gift of alone time, either away at a hotel or Airbnb or in their own home with no one else around. Time alone is a priceless commodity at this stage, especially if it comes with someone else taking care of cleaning, making sure the kids are fed and safe and occupied, doing the laundry, etc.

This is especially true after more than a year of pandemic living, where we moms have spent more time than usual at home with our offspring. While in some ways that's been great, again, it's a lot.

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"I love being a nurse because I have the honor of connecting with my patients during some of their best and some of their worst days and making a difference in their lives is among the most rewarding things that I can do in my own life" - Tenesia Richards, RN

From ushering new life into the world to holding the hand of a patient as they take their last breath, nurses are everyday heroes that deserve our respect and appreciation.

To give back to this community that is always giving so selflessly to others, CeraVe® put out a call to nurses to share their stories for a chance to be featured in Heroes Behind the Masks, a digital content series shining a light on nurses who go above and beyond to provide safe and quality care to patients and their communities.

First up: Tenesia Richards, a labor and delivery nurse working in New York City who, in addition to her regular job, started a community outreach program in a homeless shelter that houses expectant mothers for up to one year postpartum.

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Upon learning at a conference that black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health, Richards decided to take further action to help her community. She, along with a handful of fellow nurses, volunteered to provide antepartum, childbirth and postpartum education to the women living at the shelter. Additionally, they looked for other ways to boost the spirits of the residents, like throwing baby showers and bringing in guest speakers. When COVID-19 hit and in-person gatherings were no longer possible, Richards and her team found creative workarounds and created holiday care packages for the mothers instead.

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