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Who would ever expect to go to work and not be paid for it?

Payment for work is a widely accepted transaction the world over except for female entrepreneurs who are being asked and expected to work for free by profitable organisations (including speaking at events... About how to close the pay gap!)

This practice has been accepted and normalised for quite some time and it is contributing to the economic inequality of women. There's much discussion out in the marketplace about how 'the future is female' and how much we value female talent. Yet, the business practices underneath these commitments tell a very different story.

We subsequently have communities of female entrepreneurs who are over-exposed, under-paid and struggling to make ends meet.

More than ever we are in an era of transparency in the modern world and organisations are being publicly called to account with their corporate responsibility, particularly via social media. Consumers increasingly care about ethical business practices and ensuring that organisations 'walk their talk.' This presents serious risk to organisations currently engaging in profiting from the free labour of women and opportunity for those who are prepared to be at the forefront of change.

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The #payforprogress campaign is focused on taking action to progress equality forward by:

1. Advocating for women in business who are asked to work for free, empowering them to value their worth and price themselves accordingly

2. Working with existing gender equality organisations and applicable government departments to integrate into any relevant and aligned equality action plans

3. Engaging and informing business leaders on the problems related to the economic disadvantage of women to ensure they can review their business practices and implement practical changes

4. Focusing on working together with all stakeholders to solve problems rather than ‘naming and shaming’

5. Sharing knowledge to the broader market to create fairer competitive climates and increasing the perceived value of female talent

6. Continuing our research into economic disadvantage over time to track progress

We’re calling for all profitable organisations to take action now to ensure they are:

1.      Reflecting commitments in business practices and ensuring suppliers are doing the same,

2.    Creating fair negotiating environments for women in business and;

3.    Fairly paying women for their work

Phase 1 of the campaign is focused on the economic inequality of women in business and is part of broader work to achieve true equality in our lifetime.

For a copy of the campaign artefacts, including the white paper, or to speak with Shevonne about getting involved please get in touch below.

To read more about joining PEARL, an online alliance of women to are committed to valuing the worth of each other and themselves, please click here.

To read more about Shevonne Joyce, please click here.

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