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Creating an Even Playing Field for Women

June 5, 2013

Business Advice for Women Entrepreneurs and Business Women in New York State


One of the emails gracing my inbox this morning was, “Governor Introduces Women’s Equality Act.” Anyone who has followed me for 19 years knows this email was long overdue. For close to 2 decades I have been personally motivated through my business and community leadership roles to help women become more financially successful because of the inequality in pay between the sexes. If the government couldn’t fix the inequality then I was determined to even the playing field through my corporate mission of encouraging women to buy from other women as often as possible locally, regionally and statewide.

In yesterday’s article Governor Cuomo listed this important fact, “In New York, women earn 84 percent of what men earn, and over a lifetime will earn $500,000 less than men. In 2013 this is both inexcusable and absurd. The Women’s Equality Act strengthens the law to ensure that women receive the wages they are entitled to, as well as provides for increased damages if a woman is not paid equally.”

The demographic I serve are mostly women who do not work in traditional corporate environments – although we do have independent corporate saleswomen involved with our organization. Therefore regaining the $500,000 lost in unequal pay might not speak to us directly, but because many women entrepreneurs are solo entrepreneurs, run smaller companies and still work less hours trying to balance work and families, it’s essential for every single woman to financially support independent women business owners as often as possible to help them make more money.

A woman understands no one has our back like another woman. It’s the truth. No matter how wonderful our sons, husbands, fathers and brothers may be, the women in our lives are the ones who understand us best, dedicate hours to support us and offer unconditional love and friendship over a lifetime. Women exist for women and it’s shown in our dedication to our sisters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and best friends. We must continue to support each other emotionally and financially.

Today’s post is to remind you that women will keep making strides towards equality in pay, domestic violence, freedom of choice and other discrimination because of the power we bring to the table individually and collectively. Our voices, our beliefs and our actions will pave the way for change if we choose to live a life that promotes equality for women.

When I look into the face of a young girl, teenager, female college student or sister entrepreneur, I work harder to even the playing field. What can you do today to help this generation of women and the girls to follow?

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 8, 2013 4:25 am

    Excellent post! We will be linking to this great post on
    our website. Keep up the great writing.


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