Thoughts on Equal Pay Day: “I’ve had to deal with the experience of being paid less than a male colleague. We’ve all heard the stats on how women, particularly WOC, are paid less than their male counterparts, but it’s hard to actually notice that in everyday life. My experience of sexism and pay disparity reads so textbook that it’s almost cliché. That’s not at all how it felt at the time. I was utterly convinced it was all in my head and if I just worked harder, did a better job, I would finally be treated with respect. Even right now I’m uncomfortable saying out loud that it was sexism. We’re taught that these concepts only exist in the abstract, but the truth is that it’s the lived reality for enough of us that Equal Pay Day exists.
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