Fifty years ago President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Back then women were making 59 cents to every dollar a man was earning. Recent statistics show women- fifty years later- are still earning less at a rate of 77 cents to a man’s dollar.
In half a century women have only progressed a mere 18 cents? This deplorable stat has even these princesses up in arms. That’s right, even the Little Mermaid has something to say about the wage disparity in America. Recently the two woman production company of Jenny Joslin and Annette Mia Flores, Texpats, created an ingenious and hilarious way to raise awareness about our nation’s wage gap in “Disney Princesses For Equal Pay”.
Set to the tune of “Part of Your World” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Princess Ariel (played by Joslin) laments about living under the glass ceiling in her fish tank and croons some fantastic original lyrics like, “What’s a penis? And why does it, what’s the word, earn?”
As much as this video will have you smiling it also turns our attention to a very serious issue on how much work there still is to close the wage gap faced by women. “Equality. Wish my paycheck would be…as much as a man’s.” Preach on Ariel.
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