If you’re reading this, you’re probably feeling some type of way right now. Recently, the most qualified woman in the world lost out on the biggest job in the world in favour of the least qualified, most obnoxious man in the world. Trust me, we’re a bit moody to. But whether you’re mourning or celebrating the end of the world, life goes on and there’s still work to be done.
And what better day to remind you of that fact then today. The eagle-eyed Internet users amongst you may have noticed that today is #EqualPayDay! 🎉🎊🎈
Yes, all over the world, women are acknowledging this tongue-in-cheek annual milestone which marks the day from which, due to the gender wage gap, female employees are essentially working for free.
The average women still earns an astonishing 18% less than a man for the same work, so to mark that fact, Stylist Magazine is led a campaign for all women to leave work at 3:34pm (18% early, brilliant). Here are the best tweets and Instagram posts from the ‘celebrations’…
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is on side
— Stylist Magazine (@StylistMagazine) 10 November 2016
So are Labour MP Sarah Champion and leader Jeremy Corbyn
— Sarah Champion MP (@SarahChampionMP) 10 November 2016
Even Shakespeare agrees!
It turns out Elizabeth I only made 72% of what James I made for the same job.#EqualPayDay
— William Shakespeare (@Shakespeare) 10 November 2016
Here’s Beyoncé looking flawless in support
And Rihanna’s throwing some (supportive) shade, courtesy of Cosmopolitan Magazine
Here’s Rikke Koblauch’s excellent protest sign
— Rikke Koblauch (@Rikkekoblauch) 10 November 2016
And the students at Kingston Uni aren’t far behind (nice emoji use!)
— Kingston Students (@union_kingston) 10 November 2016
I’d be pissed off too if David Dimbleby was trying to finesse me like this
A very happy #equalpayday – isn’t it nice to know women can clock off work early today…and for those who aren’t a little pissed off about it, just imagine the person next to you, doing the same job, being handed a wad of cash at the end of the day and you get a big double thumbs up. Every day from now until January 1st. Funtimes. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
It’s a sardonic but important reminder that, although we’ve made many significant strides in gender equality, all that work is still at risk and there’s lot more that needs to be done. It’s time to continue the fight, especially now there’s a dirty no-good 🐱-grabber in the White House. WAKE UP PEOPLE!