#Ask4More: How Does Equal Pay Day + the Wage Gap Affect You?
Equal Pay Day (PSA: get more info about the #ask4more campaign here!) is a day that affects every single one of us.
Did you know that by age 65, you will have lost an average of $435,000 in your lifetime?
Or that the wage gap has barely budged in a decade?
The scary part is that this isn’t an issue of the past, or of a different generation. Today, just one year after graduation, women are already earning only 82 percent of what our male counterparts earn. I was the woman who learned that I was making less than my male counterpart on my same team (same level of responsibility and same role) three years in. I assumed that if I put my head down and did great work what I deserved would come to me.
It is insane that in our day and age we are still having a conversation about a segment of our population getting compensated less for the same work than another segment based on physical differentiation. It’s 2015, and we can do better as a country and as a collective consciousness.
Equal Pay Day happens for a few reasons—some of them are structural and some of them are personal. Here at Levo, we have the opportunity to work with both sides of the equation.
On the structural side, we are working with institutions and with phenomenal company partners to look introspectively and ensure that their practices are as just and fair as possible. We’re also encouraging managers to evaluate their own performance with their teams with simple tools such as this one — if you manage a team, this is a great gut check for you.
On the personal side, let’s all take the opportunity to understand the causes of unequal pay and attack them together. Equal Pay Day is rooted in our fundamental discomfort with asking for what we need in order to be successful in our careers. This can be anything–this is not just about money. It’s about asking for feedback, asking for more responsibility, asking for a promotion, and then yes…asking for compensation that is commensurate with the value that we bring to our company.
When is the last time that you asked for something that you needed? We surveyed 10,000 of you and learned that over 90 percent of you had never asked for more responsibility, feedback, or a raise in your jobs — let’s get you more comfortable flexing your asking muscles.
Let’s ensure that every woman is aware of this day and its importance, and is equipped with the resources to do something about it to make it more equitable. We’ll be around all month with these insights and recommendations, so check it out, spread the word, and drop us a line to let us know how you have implemented #Ask4More in your own life–we’re here for you, and we’re all in this together.
This post was originally published on Levo League by Caroline Ghosn
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)