Group aims to raise awareness of pay inequality with new video

Actress and writer Issa Rae has teamed up with Make it Work on a video to shed light on the current pay gap between men and women.

In the video produced by Rae and starring Anika Noni Rose of “Dreamgirls” and Gabriel Mann of “Revenge,” four kids — one boy and three girls — are all selling lemonade at a table for $1.


Mann pays the boy $1 for a cup. He and Rose then buy lemonade from each girl, but the girls soon discover they’ve been paid less than $1 per cup. 

“How much did you get?” one of the girls asks the boy.

“See, I got a dollar,” he says pulling the bill from the pocket of his jean jacket. 

“Ah, it is not polite to talk about money,” Rose says, interrupting.

When another little girl asks why Rose and Mann paid the boy more than the girls, Rose says, “It’s simple because we value him more than we value you.” She then appears to realize what she just said.

The screen then tells viewers that on average, women are paid $11,000 less per year than men for doing the exact same work and that it’s even worse for African-American and Latina women, who lose $22,000 and $25,000 respectively, because of the wage gap.

“Stop being polite. Start asking questions,” the video tells viewers.

In a news release, Make it Work said the video directed by Rae is an attempt to amplify voter demand for equal pay in the 2016 election season. 

“I teamed up with Make It Work because so many people either don’t know or won’t talk about the gender pay gap and that does a disservice to every working woman,” Rae, the creator of the YouTube series "Awkward Black Girl," said in a news release. “Even I wasn’t aware of how bad the gender pay gap was until the stats were presented to me.”