Popstar Cyndi Lauper delivered a serious message demanding equal pay for women by reworking the lyrics of her classic 1983 hit “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.
Appearing on the Late Late Show With James Corden recently, Lauper retitled the song to “Girls Just Want Equal Funds.”
The revised lyrics went like this: “I come home in the morning light/ My mother says ‘Why don’t you make the same as a guy?’/ Oh mama, dear, we’re not the fortunate ones/ ‘Cause girls, they want equal funds.”
Still reflecting the same impish charm as she did back in the day, Lauper had another message for men: “If you ask us for a date, oh boys be ready to pay / we’ll get the check when we make the same.”
The raging debate over gender pay gap is a worldwide trend affecting both rich and poor countries alike.
In India, men earned a median gross hourly salary of Rs. 288.68 while women earned Rs. 207.85 per hour according to the latest Monster Salary Index by online recruitment website Monster India. The report also shows that gender pay gap disparity stands at 27% in the country.
While it is still high, the gap has narrowed in recent years. According to a study by Paycheck.in (an initiative of IIM Ahmedabad), the average gender pay gap was approximately 54% from 2006 to 2011.
India’s current 27% pay gap is close to the U.S. where it stands at 25%.
According to a World Economic Forum global gender gap report, India ranks 108th in the world (out of 145 countries surveyed) with a 0.664 ranking. Iceland tops the survey with a 0.881 ranking, closest to 1 which represents total equality.
The report also adds that since 2006, an extra quarter of a billion women worldwide have entered the labor force. And yet, the annual pay for women only now equals the amount men were earning TEN YEARS AGO.
So kudos to Cyndi Lauper for demanding equal funds for girls!