These Moms Are So Done With Getting Screwed Over at Work

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Once you become a mom, you find that you are capable of amazing things. You can multitask like you have more arms than an octopus. You can feed and nurture small humans while maintaining a household and holding down a full-time job. So, with these impressive credentials and this awe-inspiring life experience, you'd never imagine that moms actually earn substantially less than dads. But they do. Allison Robinson, founder of The Mom Project, has launched a national campaign, Mom Up America, to demand equality in the workforce -- and it's fierce. 

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While the gender pay gap actually shows progress when it comes to women, who now reportedly make an average of 82 cents for every dollar a man brings in (that number fluctuates depending upon ethnicity), wage equality is woefully behind in terms of what mothers earn.

According to the National Women's Law Center Fact Sheet, as of November 2016, moms in America make an average of 29 percent less than dads. That means moms are getting 71 cents for every dollar that dads make. It's really disheartening to think that just because you've given birth, you're now suddenly worth less than you were before -- and far less than a man. 

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And yet statistics are even more disturbing when it comes to women of color. African-American moms make only 51 cents for every dollar African-American dads make. Worse off still are Hispanic moms, who make 46 cents for each dollar Hispanic dads bring in.

When you think about the myriad achievements of moms, it's simply unfathomable that they're paid less than others. Just consider all that moms are juggling -- usually thanklessly -- and you'll feel your blood start to boil. 

In this powerful video, mothers talk about all they're capable of (often making them even stronger) and yet how little they're actually valued. 

"If I can push a nine-pound baby out of my lady parts, I can push the envelope at work," this mama says. 

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"I lost six weeks of sleep the year my first daughter was born; I'm pretty sure I can burn the midnight oil," another notes.
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"I literally grew life inside of me -- I can certainly grow the bottom line," this mom states.

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"I change about 4,000 diapers a year, but there is some crap I won't take," this mom asserts. 

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The Mom Project/YouTube

Robinson explained that The Mom Project, an organzization that helps women find jobs, interviewed thousands of mothers who shared what they need to stay in the workforce and achieve equal pay. Responses included the following: paid family leave, accessibility of flexible work, and affordable childcare among the most pressing needs and most important policy initiatives. At the end of the video, viewers are encouraged to contact their legislators and urge them to act in support of these policies.

In a press release, Robinson stated: 

We hope this campaign both raises awareness and drives our elected leaders to action. Because without real policy changes, the numbers won't change and we will continue to send the message that mothers are worth less than they work for; we will send the message that women cannot be both successful mothers and professionals, that they must choose one: career or family. It's time for change. It's time for America to Mom Up.

Check out the video in its entirety and get inspired to help bring about these changes that are beyond overdue. 

What an awesome statement: "We're moms, we're good at pushing!" 

Let's make this push count for all our fellow moms who deserve the respect and pay of their non-mom counterparts. 

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