Essential Work Needs Essential Pay
Published on July 28, 2020 by Autumn Rise Foundation, Inc. in ARF Blogs
According to Insights Success, over 75% of K-12 educators are women! In my opinion, educators do not receive enough compensation for the work and hours they put in for their careers.
Though there are very few jobs “designed for women”, I want to take some time to highlight the strides women have made in the industries they dominate including Education and Health Care in these demanding times. These fields are pretty badass and the coronavirus pandemic has placed a magnifying glass on the flexibility and fortitude required in these respective fields!
According to Insights Success, over 75% of K-12 educators are women! In my opinion, educators do not receive enough compensation for the work and hours they put in for their careers. The value of educators has been made even more apparent from the school models many families have had to adjust to since the coronavirus pandemic shocked this country. All educators were tasked with redesigning their lesson plans, and developing a new way to teach on digital platforms in ways that we haven’t seen before and it is tremendous to see what was accomplished! A much larger hill lies ahead to see how schools will manage education this coming fall.
Women also dominate the health care sector! Many frontline workers such as nurses, paramedics, nursing home caregivers, and hospital clerical workers are women. The amazing level of detail, the ability to care and show compassion for others, and the ability to sustain mental agility over the course of several intense hours of work is not easy. I commend every essential worker who has stepped up and taken on greater responsibility than they could have imagined taking on at the launch of their careers.
As amazing as the people who work in these fields have been in this time, giving accolades and thank you’s are not enough. It isn’t an understatement to say that this country would have been on its knees without the perseverance of the workers in these industries. That fact coupled with the notion that many of these frontline workers are living paycheck to paycheck IN ADDITION to these industries being dominated by women, it is unacceptable that women are making an average of $0.75 for every $1 a man makes across all ethnic backgrounds (Business Insider)! The crusade for equal pay for equal work is not over and the pandemic has highlighted women are swindled in compensation for work that is essential. Keep fighting for what is rightfully deserved!
Written by: Michelle Koduah, CMO
Autumn Rise Foundation, Inc.