'That’s A $500,000 Vagina Tax!' Sarah Silverman Launches Equal Pay Campaign With Hilarious Video
To kick off a new campaign calling for equal pay, Sarah Silverman says she’s doing the only thing she can to ensure her wages won’t be stolen just for being a women: getting a penis.
Silverman is featured in a comical new video to help raise awareness for the gender pay gap in America. She explains that over the course of a lifetime, a woman loses about $500,000 to the wage gap. “That’s a $500,000 vagina tax!” she explains. “That’s why I’m taking matters into my own hands…I’m becoming a dude. In the grand scheme of things it’s way less expensive than the money I’ll lose for having a pussy. ”
The video launches the National Women’s Law Center’s Equal Payback Project campaign. Silverman says that for women who want to take less extreme measures than getting new genitalia, the campaign is aimed at crowdfunding the wage gap. And with 69 million women in the workplace, that sets the goal to nearly $30 trillion. The money raised, however, will actually go to the NWLC, which is fighting to end the wage gap through legislation.
What Silverman’s hilarious video does so well is point out just how absurd it is that having different genitalia costs women so much money over their lifetimes. The campaign’s website points out that skin color is also a factor. While white women make 77 cents to the white man’s dollar, for African American women and Hispanic women that’s 64 cents and 56 cents, respectively.
Watch the video below: