Studies show that women earn 78 cents on the dollar compared to men, 51 percent of women do not know how to negotiate a starting salary, and the pay gap is not predicted to close until 2095! That’s essentially never for the women in today’s workforce. Well, a bunch of powerful women are coming together to change that. The Levo League, a career community for women, is bringing together a band of amazing women who are demanding their fair share ahead of Equal Pay Day on April 14. Celebrities like Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham and Chelsea Clinton are rallying behind the hashtag #ask4more and sharing their personal stories, in an effort to educate women about wage inequality and the lack of women seeking higher pay from their employers. Comedian Sarah Silverman, who is very outspoken about women’s rights (at our 2014 Women in the World Summit, for example) has joined the cause too, sharing a video where she talks about her own experiences with wage discrimination. “I think as women, as a whole, if we can understand what we deserve … we [can understand that] we deserve quality lives,” she says in the video. “Go ahead, ask for more.” Hopefully, they can expedite the closing of that pay gap and make it happen by, oh, sometime next year — instead of just prior the turn of the century.
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