Whether the press is good or bad, if the officer is male, his gender is never in the headline. But if the officer is female, it is always part of the headline. And if a woman police officer performs both heroically and exactly as trained? Stop the presses!
Elevating women's pay on par with their male counterparts isn't only symbolic, it is practical. Is there a more literal marker of how we value women than how we compensate their time and talent? It is a step forward for women's leadership as well.
There is no question that women and minorities are not at salary parity with white males in our business culture. But the prevailing myth that this is an evil plot to oppress us doesn't fly with me, because things get much more complex.
In many ways, things have improved significantly for women in the workplace over the years. But April 8 is Equal Pay Day -- the day that marks how far into 2014 women have had to work to catch up with the wages paid to men in 2013.
Despite the progress women have made in the last several decades, they are still treated like second-class citizens in all the ways that matter. Caring about the equal treatment of women in society doesn't make people feminists -- it makes them good humans.
In spite of these strides, millions of female workers are getting the squeeze in today's economy. Even as women break the glass ceiling in business and politics, they still earn on average, 77 cents to every dollar earned by men -- and unions are a big part of the solution.
If large retailers increased pay for all of their U.S. retail workers to at least $12 an hour, more than 700,000 Americans would be lifted out of poverty, GDP would rise more than $11 billion a year, and more than 100,000 new jobs would be created.
In Hollywood or in the corporate world we're still paid less, we keep hitting the glass ceiling and we continue to try to climb the proverbial ladder. (This is for those who may have lived under a rock for the last 100 years.)
For years I played the "drinking game" during the State of the Union speech, but it got so I couldn't make a dent in a single glass of wine when it came to counting the number of times the word "women" was uttered.
It's time to move on from philosophical debates over whether a woman's place is in the home or the workplace -- women have long been in both. The public conversation we must have now should be about how we can empower women to find their way into economic stability.
How long do we have to wait for the wage gap between men and women to be closed? Data from the Institute for Women's Policy Research estimate that at the current pace, it won't be until the year 2058! That's unacceptable, of course. So what can we do?