With Thanksgiving and the holidays ramping up, She Spends wants to reflect on the year. Women, especially women of color and those in the LGBTQ+ community, have gone through the ringer. Sexual harassment and assault. Restrictive measures against our healthcare and birth control. Run-of-the-mill sexism and racism everywhere from the workplace to Twitter. She Spends is fighting back.
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When I was growing up, my mom and I spent a lot of time trawling thrift stores for diamonds in the rough. My family had a year or two when money was tight, and part of cutting back was shopping at Goodwill for new clothes. I distinctly remember finding a pair of jean shorts from Abercrombie at the local Salvation Army. That was the moment that taught me the magic of thrifting.
Some U.S. cities and states have established a salary history ban in an effort to close the wage gap between men and women. Rather than determine a salary range for a position based on education, experience and skills, many employers will ask for your previous salary. This perpetuates the wage gap, as women make about 20% less than men; women of color make even less.