When a PSA from the 1970s can illustrate a problem still happening today, that's a PROBLEM.

Over the past 20 years or so, women have made a lot of progress.

Worldwide, the gap between school enrollment rates for boys and girls has shrunk, and in many parts of the world, there are actually more women than men enrolled in college.



Despite gains, they've still struggled in other areas — specifically, in the workplace.

20 years ago, 0 women were CEOs in Fortune 500 companies. Now? 5%

While that's certainly better than nothing — 5%? We can do better than that, world.

Technically, it's illegal to pay men and women different wages for the same work.

As Batgirl here pointed out in a 1973 PSA, it's not okay that Robin gets paid more than she does for doing the same job.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, designed to end gender-based wage discrimination.

"I am delighted today to approve the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits arbitrary discrimination against women in the payment of wages. This act represents many years of effort by labor, management, and several private organizations unassociated with labor or management, to call attention to the unconscionable practice of paying female employees less wages than male employees for the same job."
President John F. Kennedy, June 10, 1963

The law was hard to enforce and, as a result, never quite lived up to its goal. More than 50 years later, little progress has been made.

It's hard to get specific about what the wage gap is in terms of a percentage of lost wages, but one thing can be agreed on: It exists.

Some have said that women make just 78% of what men make. Others say the number is closer to 82% or 87%.

Still, it's really not cool that women make anything less than 100% of what men make for doing the same work.

On top of that, studies have found that women of color are at even more of a disadvantage when it comes to earnings.

It's unacceptable, and as time goes on, people continue to brainstorm ideas for closing the wage gap.

Solutions have ranged from the practical — such as putting an end to "salary secrecy" — to the more out there, like simply making an effort to pay women more and men less.

In 2009, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became law, making it easier for women to sue for pay discrimination. Still, more needs to be done.

Because, like Batgirl, if you're doing the same work as a man, you really should be making the same salary as a man.

Check out this video put together by the U.S. Department of Labor featuring footage from the 1973 Batgirl PSA:

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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This article originally appeared on 10.23.15


Getting people who don't suffer from anxiety issues to understand them is hard.

People have tried countless metaphors and methods to describe what panic and anxiety is like. But putting it into the context of a living nightmare, haunted house style, is one of the more effective ways I've ever seen it done.

Brenna Twohy delivered the riveting poetic analogy recently in Oakland, starting out by going off about some funny "Goosebumps" plots. It's lovely, funny, sweet, and relatable, and it's totally worth the short time to watch.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."