But today on Twitter, the hashtag #TalkPay went viral in an effort to highlight inequality in wages – specifically in the technology workforce.
#talkpay is an excellent idea. An early step to tech workers' class consciousness is acknowledging the property relation and gender pay gap.— Cera (@ceralena) May 2, 2015
#TalkPay began as an attempt by Lauren Voswinkle to bring transparency to differential salaries. In an interview with Model View Culture, Voswinkle wrote:
“The lack of knowledge regarding reasonable salaries and predatory behaviors in tech companies can be directly attributed to the social taboo surrounding people talking openly about their salaries.”
The Daily Dot wrote that Pay inequality is not just a problem in technology, but in industries everywhere. Women earn 78 cents per dollar white men earn, and for women of color that discrepancy is even worse—Hispanic and Latina women earn 54% of what white men are paid, and African American women earn 64%, according to data from the American Association for University Women.
#talkpay has taught me that if you want to make the most money in tech, it helps to be a white american man in the bay area— THAT isaac (@izs) May 1, 2015
Time to show my privilege. #talkpay 2000: 60k/yr, first sysadmin job. 2014: 140k/yr w/bonuses, senior devops eng 2015: 35k/yr, activist— Randi Harper (@freebsdgirl) May 1, 2015
My 1st developer job was $11/hr 13yrs ago. 2 years ago my salary was over $150k. Now as a founder I make a tiny fraction of that :) #talkpay— SaraJo (@SaraJChipps) May 1, 2015
Hey, #talkpay: Don't forget that having the right to disclose salary includes having the right not to. No shame for keeping your secrets.— THAT isaac (@izs) May 1, 2015