When ReShonda Young became operations manager of her father’s Waterloo, Iowa transportation and maintenance contracting business seven years ago, she noticed that a woman who had worked for the company, Alpha Express, for years was still making a little over half of what her male counterparts made. Without getting authorization, Young called the business’s accountant and had the employee’s salary changed.
“There are some things you just do. If you get in trouble, you deal with it because it’s the right thing to do,” Young said.
Word got around and Young was invited to speak at a U.S. Capitol press conference on women’s economic issues, where she shared her story and beliefs about the positive impact equal wages have on small businesses.
“It boosts employees’ respect for the business and their morale. It feels good to take home a fair paycheck,” Young said. “Women are happier to come in to work and more productive. They’re willing to give more of themselves when they know the business is giving its all.”
That’s what we mean by “equal.”