Equal Pay Day was designed to raise awareness of the gender wage gap. Being a woman-owned business, Equal Pay Day is of great significance to Rostin Ventures.
According to President Obama’s State of the Union address, women are still only making 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. This statement echoes the gender wage gap results found in surveys performed by the National Committee on Pay Equality, the American Association of University Women
and other similar groups.
“I think women who have children are often weighed down with an assumption that they are going to have less time to spend working to earn their salary due to proven history and the expectations set forth for them by society,” said Julie Ross, President and CEO of Rostin Ventures.
And, these expectations are a proven part of the workforce. According to 2012 statistics, men are almost twice as likely as women to work more than 40 hours a week. Single women without children seem to have bridged the gender wage gap better, earning 96 percent of men’s earnings – compared to
the typical 81 percent.
Companies like Rostin Ventures are responding to the need for high quality jobs for mothers by creating flexible work schedules and hours, and helping employees to obtain work-life balance. It’s a step that could cause some scheduling difficulties for the company, but it is one that many companies are seeing great results in.
Ultimately, the gender wage gap can best be combatted with creativity. A diverse workforce allows for more opportunities for a company to move forward, and working mothers have proven themselves as a critical asset to the American workforce. Creating working environments that allow all members of the staff to complete their best work on their own time is a benefit to all.
“It will take a few generations of women setting – and proving – new expectations to change the game within the workforce,” added Ross.
Shine a Light on Slavery Day is an awareness movement. Using the hashtag #EndItMovement, socialmedia users were encouraged to spread the word about human trafficking and slavery on February 27,and Rostin Ventures’ employees were quick to participate.
Shine a Light on Slavery Day aims to bring to light the staggering scope of human trafficking both locally and abroad. Many American’s fail to realize the grave statistics associated with human trafficking. In the US alone, many youth are at risk of falling prey to slavery within the sex industry. Even more human trafficking victims are being held in the US against their will in horrific situations. Human trafficking is real. It’s happening around you and it’s happening now.
“I had no clue that human trafficking of any kind happened until fairly recently,” said Brit Chambers,Director of Public Relations for Rostin Ventures. “It’s not something that you think about until it hits too close to home, but slavery within America still exists – and it is a real problem facing today’s at-risk youth.”
Shine a Light on Slavery Day has collected statistics from a wide variety of government sources showing the estimated annual profit from human trafficking alone at $32 billion. While slavery practices are illegal in most countries, children and women, especially those in impoverished situations, are vulnerable to being sold, bonded, trafficked, subjected to commercial sexual exploitation, and forced to work as domestic workers.
While it sounds like something that Americans expect to happen “somewhere else,” human trafficking is a real problem within the borders of the United States. As many as 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States annually, with Atlanta being a major hub for human trafficking – most of these victims are children sold into sexual slavery.
Globally, every minute of every day, two children are sold into slavery. Shine a Light on Slavery Day shouldn’t just be a day, it should be an ongoing awareness movementbringing the rampant nature of human trafficking to the forefront.
Won’t you join us? Show your support using the hashtags “socialmediaoutreach and #EndItMovement.
It’s time to end this, let’s let awareness be our first step.