Recently, I was honored to be one of just a few select women technologists invited to the White House to advise members of the Administration on how we can use technology to promote equal pay for women. This recent meeting, along with other National Equal Pay Task Force activities, represents the President’s commitment to stop violations of equal pay laws that still occur across our country.
According to the blog post announcing the Equal Pay App Challenge authored by U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis:
In America, women make up half of the workforce and two-thirds of our families rely on a mother’s wages for a significant portion of their income. Yet, women, on average, make less on the dollar than men, and the gap is even greater for women of color and women with disabilities. Lower pay not only means less economic security for women, but also for the families that depend on them.
The most recent (and exciting!) outcome of these activities is the launch of the Equal Pay App Challenge, where developers can create interactive applications to educate the American public about the pay gap and help promote equal pay for men and women. For me, this challenge represents the intersection of two of my great passions – promoting women in the workforce and using technology to solve problems!
Since the Equal Pay App Challenge is part of the Challenge.gov movement, those involved have the opportunity to win awards and scholarships through this contest, in addition to the good deed of supporting equal pay.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to get working on your equal pay awareness app!