Editor’s Note: This blog was written and submitted by Vision 2020 Arkansas Delegate Robin C. Hall Guadagnini.
With National Women’s Equality day approaching soon, I do realize that the Miss USA Pagent Contestant Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, will be forever remembered for her answer that didn’t make sense. She was asked about the disparity of pay equity for women and men. But, I think with a little delving into her answer we can realize she really did give the solution to the problem in her confusing response.
The question was from reality TV star NeNe Leakes, who asked what it says about society that men still make more money than women, given that women are the main breadwinners in 40 percent of American households with children.
Miss Utah’s answer included: “we need to try to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem.”
That part of her answer, to me, is the solution to the problem. We hear about it, we talk about it, but do we educate about the disparity of income between women and men?
Vision 2020 is a national coalition of organizations and individuals united in their commitment to achieve women’s economic and social equality. It was developed by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine. Vision 2020
Vision 2020’s Campaign for Equality is working to achieve five goals by the year 2020, when the centennial of women’s right to vote is celebrated, and their 4th goal is: Educate young people to value gender equality, shared leadership, and civic engagement Vision 2020 Goals
How will Vision 2020 accomplish educating young people?
Vision 2020 is working to develop resources for teachers and national ally organizations to educate girls and boys on the progress for women’s rights and gender equality, the impact of gender stereotypes and the current status of economic and social equality across genders. The work on the Vision 2020 Education Initiative is made possible by Wells Fargo.
I am honored to be one of the Arkansas Delegates for Vision 2020. It is so exciting to be a part of an amazing group of women, men, leaders, and national Allies collaborating on the future and equality of women.
As a Delegate we are asked to choose our State Initiative, and for Arkansas we chose to educate the young girls and boys who will be our leaders tomorrow on the importance of equality of women in the workforce and in leadership.
I want the befuddled answer given by Miss Utah to not ever appear again. So my goal, and the goal of Vision 2020, is to educate the leaders of tomorrow so that answer will be very clear. And my greatest goal is to have the question of pay disparity ineligible to enter a conversation or to be a question in a beauty contest.
How can you help? Please join Vision 2020 this Women’s Equality day – August 26, 2013 and sign the Declaration of Equality – Sign the Declaration of Equality And then pass this link along to friends and family to sign.
• Mark your calendar to celebrate Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26 & the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, Aug. 28 #equalityinsight