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Emotional Labor Union: The Gender Pay Gap

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Fact: Women with graduate and undergraduate degrees represent about 50% of the workforce

Fact: Women are often the sole or co-breadwinner in 40% of American families with children

Fact: Women outpace men in educational achievement

Fact: Women control the majority of household spending

Fact: Despite the above accomplishments, for every $1 a man earns, the gender wage breaks down to:

  • $.87 = Asian-American Women

  • $.79 = Caucasian Women

  • $.63 = African-American/Black Women

  • $.57 = Native American Women

  • $.54 = Latina Women


The wage gap has stagnated since 2007 and, on average, the gap in earnings translates to about $10,086 each year, leaving women and their families shortchanged and stressed out. While the enforcement of the Equal Pay Act, civil rights laws, and access to reproductive health care have helped chip away at the wage gap, it’s essential that we continue to demand equal pay for equal work.

Join us for an intersectional discussion on the gender wage gap where we’ll unpack:

  • Occupational Segregation: when work in female-dominated fields is valued less than work in male-dominated fields

  • How women are traditionally more likely to do unpaid housework and caregiving and take more parental leave than men

  • The impact of conscious and unconscious gender and racial bias

  • The action steps we can take at work like negotiating for our worth, discussing our salaries, and help to lift and educate other women

  • The action steps we can take at home to create a more balanced division of household labor

As always there will be wine, snacks, goody bags and a good time!*

Tickets: $25

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The Emotional Labor Union is a monthly feminist discussion group that welcomes anyone who identifies as female. This event costs money because we believe in the fair compensation of women's labor. If the cost is prohibitive to you please email theeludc@gmail.com. We'd like this event to be accessible to everyone.

The Mission of The Emotional Labor Union is to amplify women's voices and experiences through curated feminist topics.

The 4 Values of the ELU:

  1. Voices as power: The ELU is a safe space and a platform to talk about your experiences. Devoting time to critical thinking and in-person interaction empowers us to sharpen our speaking skills and define the source of our feelings as well as reminds us we have voices that deserve to be heard.
  2. Community IRL: The ELU brings people together in real life who prioritize being intentional and carving out time and space to knowing themselves and others better. This is a group that provides love, support and where no question or opinion is off-limits.
  3. Strength in numbers: The more time we spend having invigorating in-person discussions, finding common ground with others, and cementing how we feel about topics that affect us, the more powerful we become both individually and collectively.
  4. Feminism as Self-Care: Members of the ELU practice prioritizing themselves by devoting time to pursuing their interests and their $ by supporting causes they think are worthwhile. The ELU gives everyone a nourishing and energizing experience that allows you to find your own voice on matters that are important to you.

* This event will be recorded and potentially made into a podcast. All participants will have an opportunity to remain anonymous if they so choose.