Why The Women of SunCommon NY are Working Today

SunCommon NY answered the call for women and our allies to act together for equity, justice, and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through today’s one-day demonstration of economic solidarity. While the women of SunCommon NY do not feel discrimination within these four walls, we do experience it outside of these walls on a daily basis both work related and outside of the solar world. In solidarity with our female and gender oppressed friends we asked everyone to wear red to show support. We also asked the men of SunCommon NY to tell a story either when they witnessed gender discrimination (we will share these in a later blog post). 

Did you know:

  • white women generally earn 79 cents for every dollar men earn
  • African American women earn 60 cents for every dollar white men earn
  • Hispanic women earn 55 cents for every dollar a white man earns
  • In 2014, the median income for men who worked full-time was $50,383. For women, it was $39,621. That $10,762 disparity works out to $897 a month. That’s money that could be very helpful in paying for rent or food or clothes or repairs or other emergencies.
  • the US maternity leave policy includes 12 weeks of unpaid leave annually for mothers (not fathers, not spouses)

I speak for all of the women at SunCommon NY in Thanking our founders for creating a workplace where women are treated equally, feel value in the contributions we make, where we’re paid equally for equal work, where we receive paid maternity, paternity, and family medical leave, where we have flexibility in our work hours to support our lives outside of these four walls. So, The women of SunCommon NY decided to work today, because our mission of tearing down the barriers to renewable energy relies on the hard work that we put in every single day. Beyond asking our coworkers to wear red and share stories of discrimination, we answered the call to avoid shopping for one day with exceptions for small, women, and minority-owned businesses – we’re refraining from working with and purchasing from companies, lunch spots, stores, etc. who do not participate in equal pay for equal work. 

We know that SunCommon NY is in the minority when it comes to how women are valued in the workplace, so Thank You to all those participating, not only through wearing red, but also thinking about where you shop and which businesses you support on March 8th – hopefully it will carry on beyond that date. 


Kerry, Cindy, Kathleen, Linden, Mary, Rachel, Bri, and Meag


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