Last Wednesday, I had the distinct honor of attending the #ObamaTownHall meeting in Charlotte, N.C. with President Obama and SheKnows Media. The meeting, moderated by the incredible Lisa Stone, centered around a topic that I am intensely passionate about--and for good reason. The gender wage gap is an issue that is often difficult to confront or discuss, but on Wednesday, President Obama and SheKnows taught me that it's a conversation we can't afford not to have.
Here are some of my biggest takeaways from #ObamaTownHall
- We need to make noise. There's a saying "Do as I say, not as I do." I say, we need to do both. If we want to encourage people to help bring about a change, we need to be doing the same. Write a blog post. Organize a discussion in your community. Vote. Get out and be proactive.
- Don't give up. Ever. Things in the workplace may not necessarily be fair, but that doesn't mean we give up. If you know you have been discriminated against, fight for yourself and don't back down.
- It affects us all. It's easy to get lost in your own situation, but sitting in a room filled with strong, articulate, intelligent women, who each have remarkable stories of their own makes you realize that your story is not that unique. These incidents are not occurring in a vacuum. Listening to the sitting President tell you that he fears for his daughters futures was a stark reminder that we still have a long way to go.
- It starts at home. Children have a tendency to believe what we tell them. We need to encourage our daughters from the onset. Don't tell them to reach for the clouds, tell them to be bold and brave and dance among the stars.
In the end, it's not just about facts and statistics. We're more than just a faceless, nameless number on a survey. Check out the video below to meet some of the inspiring ladies (including myself!) who are taking a stand against the gender wage gap.