When a PSA from the 1970s can illustrate a problem still happening today, that's a PROBLEM.

Over the past 20 years or so, women have made a lot of progress.

Worldwide, the gap between school enrollment rates for boys and girls has shrunk, and in many parts of the world, there are actually more women than men enrolled in college.



Despite gains, they've still struggled in other areas — specifically, in the workplace.

20 years ago, 0 women were CEOs in Fortune 500 companies. Now? 5%

While that's certainly better than nothing — 5%? We can do better than that, world.

Technically, it's illegal to pay men and women different wages for the same work.

As Batgirl here pointed out in a 1973 PSA, it's not okay that Robin gets paid more than she does for doing the same job.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, designed to end gender-based wage discrimination.

"I am delighted today to approve the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits arbitrary discrimination against women in the payment of wages. This act represents many years of effort by labor, management, and several private organizations unassociated with labor or management, to call attention to the unconscionable practice of paying female employees less wages than male employees for the same job."
President John F. Kennedy, June 10, 1963

The law was hard to enforce and, as a result, never quite lived up to its goal. More than 50 years later, little progress has been made.

It's hard to get specific about what the wage gap is in terms of a percentage of lost wages, but one thing can be agreed on: It exists.

Some have said that women make just 78% of what men make. Others say the number is closer to 82% or 87%.

Still, it's really not cool that women make anything less than 100% of what men make for doing the same work.

On top of that, studies have found that women of color are at even more of a disadvantage when it comes to earnings.

It's unacceptable, and as time goes on, people continue to brainstorm ideas for closing the wage gap.

Solutions have ranged from the practical — such as putting an end to "salary secrecy" — to the more out there, like simply making an effort to pay women more and men less.

In 2009, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became law, making it easier for women to sue for pay discrimination. Still, more needs to be done.

Because, like Batgirl, if you're doing the same work as a man, you really should be making the same salary as a man.

Check out this video put together by the U.S. Department of Labor featuring footage from the 1973 Batgirl PSA:

When we hear about racial bias in education, we might picture things like disparities in school funding, disciplinary measures, or educational outcomes. But it can also show up in the seemingly simplest of school assignments—ones that some of us wouldn't even notice if we don't look outside our own cultural lens.

Ericka Bullock-Jones shared one such instance on Facebook, with her daughter's responses to questions on a high school ancestry assignment.

"My kids go to a pretty much all white school," she wrote. "They got an assignment yesterday asking them to talk to their relatives and document how their families came to 'immigrate' to the US. The teacher asked for details about the 'push and pull of the decision' and really made it sound like a light hearted assignment. Female Offspring was INCENSED. She is a beast - and I mean that in the best possible way. I wish I had a scintilla if [sic] her nerve, knowledge and courage when I was her age. This is what she put together to turn in for this assignment..."

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However, widespread support for his message didn't come until this year. As racial justice protests exploded across the country and spread throughout the world this spring, a distinct societal shift occurred. And as sports have started making a pandemic comeback, more and more athletes have loudly raised their voices for racial justice. Where we had seen a handful of individual athletes kneel during the anthem, we now see entire teams in various professional sports making powerful statements supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. The NFL itself has come out and publicly admitted they were wrong to try to get players to stop kneeling during the anthem.

Tonight is the first NFL game of the season, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans. The teams has announced that they were going to do something special to make a unified statement on equality.

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Some of the moments that make us smile the most have come from everyday superstars, like The McClure twins!

Everyone could use a little morning motivation, so Crest – the #1 Toothpaste Brand in America – is teaming up with some popular digital all-stars to share their smile-worthy, positivity-filled (virtual) pep talks for this year's back-to-school season!

As part of this campaign, Crest is donating toothpaste to Feeding America to unleash even more smiles for families who need it the most.

Let's encourage confident smiles this back-to-school season. Check out the McClure Twins back-to-school pep talk above!

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Twins born with separate fathers are rare in the human population. Although there isn't much known about heteropaternal superfecundation — as it's known in the scientific community — a study published in The Guardian, says about one in every 400 sets of fraternal twins has different fathers.

Simon and Graeme Berney-Edwards, a gay married couple, from London, England both wanted to be the biological father of their first child.

"We couldn't decide on who would be the biological father," Simon told The Daily Mail. "Graeme said it should be me, but I said that he had just as much right as I did."

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Parents, teachers, and students have had to dig deep into their creativity and flexibility as back-to-school time hits, pandemic-style. From Zoom classes to hybrid models to plexiglass desk barriers, school simply does not—and cannot—look normal in 2020.

I've seen many parents fret over how and where their kids will do their online schooling. Do they need a desk? What about a quiet space? What if we don't have separate rooms for each kid? And those are just the worries about space.

With everyone's concern levels being sky high, it's no wonder the reactions to one dad's school-at-home setup were mixed. A Reddit user shared this video to the r/nextfuckinglevel subreddit, and while we don't know who the dad is, his classroom building skills truly are next level.

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