Recently, Feminism has been a hot topic of debate in the media — economically, politically, and beyond. But one aspect of women's rights that particularly struck a chord here at IFB was revealed in a recent article from Folio magazine. According to their research, male Editors-in-Chief made, on average, $15,000 more than their female counterparts last year.
Folio editor Bill Mickey commented on the gap to the Atlantic Wire, noting that this year's results were unsurprising:
“We don't have any further insight into that number, except that the gap has historically been about the same and I believe aligns with national trends across other industries. Incidentally, we see that same gap in just about every publishing discipline we do a salary survey for, unfortunately.”
As a majority of our readership here at IFB are career-focused women (that may one day want to be an Editor-in-Chief of their own publication), this is an issue that effects us as a community. So when someone is taking action to fix it, it's worth talking about.
Levo League, a digital platform that helps Gen Y women (as well as women within the first 10 years of their career path) enhance their career development, and lessen the achievement disparity between women and men in the work force.
Along with general career-related “how to's,” the site also offers mentoring through interactive live-streamed chats with influential business people, such as Beth Axelrod, eBay's Head of Global HR; Kristine Shine, CEO of Sugar Inc.; Susan Lyne, Chairman of Gilt Groupe; and Joy Deangdeelert Cho, founder of the blog Oh Joy!.
Founders Caroline Ghosn and Amanda Pouchot hope to help young women with finding long-term career success.
“Women's disparity in the workplace is not just a women's issue, it is a global, economic issue. It is important to build a strong global community encouraging all women to seek amazing careers and support each other to become the future leaders in all facets of society,” explained Ghosn. “We want to democratize and catalyze career success for the Gen Y woman.”