There is a reason that I rarely make my own posts on the foundation website. The Women Like Us mission is not about me; it is about us. I founded Women Like Us to support, celebrate, and recognize women-led initiatives. Initiatives that catalyze change for women (and the world), and actions that bring us closer to gender equality.
Today, however, I am more than a proud nonprofit founder; I am a proud mother. On Monday, December 18, my daughter Catt Sadler , quit her dream job at E! News. She didn’t quit because there was a new opportunity on the horizon or because she was bored—she quit to stand up for what was right.
Despite her tenure, fame, and hard work, Catt discovered there was a huge pay disparity between herself and her male co-host, who started working for the network around the time that she did.
Imagine learning that your male peer was being paid close to double your salary for no real reason---other than that he is male? This is a reality for women all over the world, not just my daughter. In almost 2018, this is what women are facing—still!
Catt—and every woman—is more than deserving of equal pay. She worked tirelessly for E! for over ten years, starting first for The Daily Ten, later for E News, and most recently for both the Daily Pop during the day AND E News at night. I would be lying if I said I didn’t worry she was working too hard—but I knew she was fulfilling her dream. Catt tried to stay, yet the network refused to budge.
On her blog, she reminds women of the necessity for gender equality:
Know your worth. I have two decades experience in broadcasting and started at the network the very same year as my close friend and colleague that I adore. I so lovingly refer to him as my "TV husband" and I mean it. But how can I operate with integrity and stay on at E if they’re not willing to pay me the same as him? Or at least come close? How can I accept an offer that shows they do not value my contributions and paralleled dedication all these years? How can I not echo the actions of my heroes and stand for what is right no matter what the cost? How can I remain silent when my rights under the law have been violated?
My daughter is strong, wise, and one of the hardest workers I know. Finding your dream job is hard, but speaking your truth can be even harder. Thank you, Catt, for setting a precedent. We love you.
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