What Pope Francis just said about the gender pay gap is exactly why so many folks love him.

"We must support decisively the right to equal pay for equal job."

What Pope Francis just said about the gender pay gap is exactly why so many folks love him.

During his weekly address, Pope Francis spoke up in support of women being paid equally to men.

This is the latest Cool Pope thing he's done, and it comes just two weeks after saying that "more weight and more authority must be given to women."

These great GIFs and the video at the bottom of this post come from our friends at NowThis News.

Now, usually Pope Francis' statements come with conditions, but this one seems pretty clear.

Men and women should have the same rights, including the right to equal pay for equal work? Sounds good to me. I don't see how that could be misinterpreted.

And given that he's got more than a few (somewhere around 1 billion) followers, I think he might be able to change a couple of minds here and there.

And while long-lapsed Catholics like me might not be on board for every bit of policy that comes out of the church, I'm 100% on board with his sentiment on this one.

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Because the gender pay gap is a huge deal, and it affects women all over the world.

Here's hoping his comments help inspire others to work to break down the gap and make equal pay for equal work a reality.

Check out NowThis News' video containing some of the pope's comments from today.

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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.