Founded by Claire Wasserman in 2016, Ladies Get Paid has grown from a series of town halls in New York to a global movement, with nearly 4,000 members worldwide. The programming has expanded to include workshops and webinars on topics like salary negotiations, debt, mindfulness, and effective protesting. The town halls are now taking place in additional cities, most recently adding San Francisco and Los Angeles to the list. Ladies Get Paid membership is free, keeping the resources accessible to all. The Ladies Get Paid Slack channel brings members together digitally. There members offer and solicit advice, and help connect one another to new jobs and opportunities.
Claire launched Ladies Get Paid in response to the dismal statistic that we won’t reach global gender equality in the workplace until 2095. She believes that we can do better than that. “My mission is to rally women to recognize their value, band together, and advocate for themselves.”
I believe we can change the world, one raise at a time. As each each of us makes progress, we are all one step closer to the top. As the saying goes, 'A rising tide raises all boats.'
In November, in the wake of the Presidential election, Claire decided to organize a town hall with mission: to create a Bill of Rights for women in the workplace. She contacted Scout Books to see if we could help, and we were immediately in. At the town hall, the attendees worked together to develop content, which was distilled and edited by Caitlin Leffel. Claire brought in designer Meg Lewis of the collective Ghostly Ferns for the book’s design. The team decided on black and gold cover inks, stitched with pink staples. The result? A handy, pocket-sized book that contains a manifesto, paired with startling statistics, and space for notes. Leave one in the break room, carry one with you to your next interview, or prop it up at your desk as a constant reminder.
You can purchase copies of the Workplace Bill of Rights here. During the month of February, 10% of proceeds are being donated to She Should Run, a nonprofit working to inspire girls and women to consider public office.