This fake Amazon ad is pretty funny until it gets to black women.
This Amazon Prime parody video imagines what the service might be like if it were just for women.
When we talk about the gender wage gap, who exactly are we talking about?
The wage gap conversation isn't exactly a new one, but this parody manages to tackle it in a funny and refreshingly inclusive way. Too often $.78 is the only number mentioned when talking about what the average woman makes compared to the average white man's $1. And while there's no denying a 22-point difference is pretty abysmal, it doesn't tell the whole story.
"Race and ethnicity have always created a dividing line in the United States, and it's no different with the gender pay gap. When a race lens is added to the pay gap, it becomes clear that the pay gap is worse for many women of color."
— The American Association of University Women
The wage gap affects women of color on a different scale.
In reality, that $.78 we're so used to hearing about applies only to what the average white woman makes compared to the average white man's $1. Take a look at this graphic to see how women of color stack up:
And while these numbers are infuriating, in reality, they still only scratch the surface. That's because this doesn't take into account trans or lesbian women, who on top of the wage gap often face job discrimination. In many states, it's completely legal to terminate an employee for being gay or trans!
Clearly, we still have a lot of work to do. But it's important that when we talk about wage equality — or any women's issues, for that matter — we make sure all women are included.