Thumbnail for 28148

Sarah Silverman Sends A Powerful Message About The Wage Gap

Sarah Silverman wants everyone to know the wage gap is not OK, and she’s not afraid to get all Sarah Silverman to do it.

Teaming up with the National Women’s Law Center, a nonprofit fighting for equal pay through advocacy and legislature, to kick off its new campaign, The Equal Payback Project, Silverman takes some decidedly NSFW measures to make sure she earns as much money as her male counterparts.

However, the statistics behind the sketch aren’t so funny.

Because the average woman only makes 78 cents to the man’s dollar, in one year, a woman will lose $10,874 to the wage gap. Multiply that by a 40-year career, and one woman will lose $435,049 to the wage gap. Further, with nearly 69 million women in the workplace, the female workforce will lose nearly $30 trillion to the wage gap.

And women of color experience an even greater wage gap: In 2013, African-American women working full time, year-round were paid only 64 cents to the white man’s dollar, the NWLC notes. Hispanic women, meanwhile, were paid only 56 cents to the white man’s dollar.

However, the Equal Payback Project is aiming to highlight this vast gap by attempting to close it. The campaign is crowdfunding the Internet to raise $29,811,746,430,000. (Yep, you read that right.) The money raised will go to the NWLC to aid projects like returning the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Senate floor and protecting pregnant women from being forced out of work.

“The goal may be absurd — but so is the wage gap,” the project’s website says.


To find out more information or to donate to the cause, visit the The Equal Payback Project website.