Featured Femme: SSG. Ranelle Skipper, Airborne Soldier

Staff Sergeant Ranelle Skipper, Airborne Soldier

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ranelle Skipper I am from Carencro, Louisiana, I spent the majority of my life there until I joined the United States Army at the age of 24. My relationship with God is very important to me; I pray and meditate several times a day.  I love to travel, spend time with my family, and sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I am a fashionista, I love to shop, but usually with a budget.  Skating is a big hobby of mines right now!  I am also enrolled as a graduate student at Bowie State University; which is a historically black university, my concentration is Masters of Public Administration.

 What motivates you?

My upbringing motivates me, my mom was a single parent, and I saw how much she sacrificed to make sure that my siblings and I were taken care of.  My grandmother and eldest sister assisted with raising us when my mom went back to school while I was in elementary school. Seeing the sacrifices that the women in my life made for us, made me appreciate everything! I never took anything for granted because I knew how hard they worked to provide a life for us.  Spending time with family members such as my great grandparents also had a profound impact on me.  Dr. George Breaux, my great uncle was the 1st in my family to graduate from college. He was also one of the 1st black students to integrate the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL), which enticed my decision to remain at ULL and graduate.  I like to challenge myself by setting and conquering extraordinary goals.  I come from a family of great people, so I have no choice but to be great! Keep Reading

3 Tips to Close the Gender Wage Gap

Obstacles exist for almost everything.  Unfortunately there are also obstacles for earning equal pay for equal work! Identifying the obstacles empower us to overcome them! The gender wage gap seems to be a never-ending issue.  The wage gap is caused by several issues including gender bias, racial bias and discrimination, and industry worked. When I became aware of this and the fact that it has been going on forever, I felt powerless, but I wondered how can we overcome this ginormous issue? Did you know on average a woman earns 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man? The wage gap is even worse for women of color! Upsetting right! Never the less, there are a few ways to overcome this issue.1. Research the national average on salaries for whichever job you are applying. Knowledge of this kind can help you more confidently negotiate a salary offer. 2. Go after promotions early on. Research shows that wages for women stagnate around age 30; since this is the age, most college educated women start having children. Going after promotions early on can minimize or prevent a wage gap issue later on.3. Track your accomplishments and share them with your leader, this increases your chances and percentage rate for promotions thus lessening the wage gap.

Femme Facts:

  • Wage gaps not only exist for men and women, they also exist for minority racial groups.
  • Although the wage gap exists nationwide, it is worse in some states than others.
  • According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW,) the wage gap won’t close until 2119!

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