It’s time to talk about money, by Arièle Bonte
TOMORROW WILL BE THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER AND SOMETHING’S GOING TO HAPPEN AT 4.47pm. Maybe you will be in another boring meeting, or giving your boss a report you’ve been working on for weeks, or maybe you’ll be on a meeting with a big client, ready to sign for the best deal of your career. Or maybe, tomorrow you’ll be part of those women waiting for an answer after a job interview, or for the call of you bank, saying the tour last overdraft is not a big
deal. Anyway, tomorrow at 4.47pm if you are a woman you will be working for free from this moment until the end of the year.
WAIT… WHAT ? As you may already know in France the gender pay gap is still existing, despite the law of 1972. The 5th of novembre was not chosen by coincidence, it has been calculated thanks to Eurostat’s statistics : women earned 15,4% less than men in 2017. Of course it’s an average. And maybe you’re not part of the women
(lucky you), maybe you’re in a firm that applies the law as it has been for me for few years, maybe your company applies salarie’s transparency, which is one of the three solutions suggested by Les Glorieuses since the beginning of this movement (with the creation of a certificate of wage equality, and the creation a maternity leave as long for men as for women after birth). But facts are in average, with the same competence and the same job : women earn less than men.
WHAT CAN I DO ? Good news ! Even on your scale there are solutions to change that, even if you’re not a boss, even if you are not an exert in negotiation. So let’s prepare, and tomorrow let’s work together to fight for our rights
OK LET’S GO ! If you’re a man, a women or a non-binary person. you can begin with signing our petition Les Glorieuses and start a conversation as you would do in real life on you social médias. Tweet, post a message on Facebook, LinkedIn or in an Instagram story to explain the movement and why you are leaving social medias until the end of the day.
YOU ARE A WOMEN AND YOU LOVE EMAILING ? The 5th of Novembre schedule an out of office message after 4.47pm to explain that you’re working for free so now you’re planing the feminist revolution and listening to “Bitch better have my money” by Rihanna. You can even send this newsletter so everybody knows what is happening. For the rest of the year you can also change your signature to add “Since the 5th of November at 4.47pm until the end of the year women are working for free” and add a link for this newsletter.
ARE YOU A WHITE WOMAN ? Don’t fight only for your interests. “Here’s the thing. Women of colour on that spectrum, we make far less than white women. So if we’re going to have that conversation, we’ve got to bring the women of colour to the table” said Octavia Spencer during a panel discussion last year. She explained how Jessica Chastain helped her negotiate their salary together for their next film. The goal was clear : they had to sign the same contract and earn the same thing. As a result : they obtained “5 times the salary they were asking for”. Morality ? Be part of the sorority. Talk to the women of color you are working with and who has the same job as you and talk about your salaries. Are they
different ? Go and ask for a rise with her !
ARE YOU A MAN ? On November 5th, take some time to discuss the subject with a female colleague at the coffee machine. Do you have more or less the same position, the same career and the same seniority? Offer her to discuss your respective salaries, and, if you find that she is less paid than you, offer to support her in her application process.