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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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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Matthew McConaughey in 2019.

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey made a heartfelt plea for Americans to “do better” on Tuesday after a gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde is a small town of about 16,000 residents approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. The actor grew up in Uvalde until he was 11 years old when his family moved to Longview, 430 miles away.

The suspected murderer, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement at the scene of the crime. Before the rampage, Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother after a disagreement.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

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Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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