Equal Pay Day Poetry Challenge: What negotiation means to the artist

Published on by Victoria Pynchon.

Born in 1991, I went to elementary school at a time in which I was one of the many lucky beneficiaries of full bore arts education; a classroom play every year, monthly presentations in the library with slideshows of Van Gogh and the more subtle O’Keefe, seemingly endless opportunities to attach cotton balls to your upper lip and sport a felt beret and vest your father had graciously sewn you a few nights before. With a feather plume, of course; Vasco de Gama goes nowhere without his feather plume.

Vasco de Gama might’ve had a little bit to do with my decision to become an actor. He’s a tricksy one, he is.

The point I’m trying to make is, I grew up in a time where kids' education sat on the front right burner on high heat, and for better or for worse, it’s landed me here in Los Angeles working for the two incredible women of She Negotiates writing my first blog post ever.

That’s what I got. That’s not what kids are getting nowadays.

And I know there are so many women out there who are the biggest trumpeters of their friends, their family, their clients, their children and yet at the same time find the floor very interesting when asked to name one thing that makes them great.

It’s a very long trudge to self acceptance, so I can’t tell anyone to fuggedabboutit and stride into the office and get that additional 25k in green.

But maybe I can ask you to reframe what asking means, you women out there who want to give so much to others but are afraid to give too much to yourselves.

You can do both.

You know why?

Because statistically, women exceed men in donations to charities supporting youth, education, healthcare, their communities, religious institutions, international causes.

Women like you are the reason women like me are able to do what I’m currently doing. Because someone out there had the financial confidence and the generosity to open her checkbook and make a scholarship, or build a blackbox or donate a theatre library.

And you know how you get financially confident?

You negotiate.

If you can’t do it for yourself (and you should, you honestly should) do it for all the kids out there that might blossom with the application of a cottonball moustache.

It's Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 8 and all month long is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, we invite you to write a line or two of poetry-- a Haiku, free verse, limerick, anything--for our Equal Pay Day Poetry Challenge. You can write something incredibly bad, silly, powerful, short or long. If reciting it to your dog makes her head cock sideways, you're onto something. You could win some very cool and useful prizes.


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Published on by Victoria Pynchon.