But as all activists know, anger needs to be turned into action. We can talk about how annoyed we are in our own circles until the stars fall from the sky, but really we need to communicate our ire to the politician who can reverse this decision.
So here's one modest opportunity for you to do something for the good of all woman- (and man-)kind, around the issue of pay equity. I promise you'll feel better once you've done it.
The idea is this:
On Friday March 6th send a fax to the Minister of State Services, Tony Ryall, who cancelled the pay equity investigations, expressing your dissatisfaction. His office fax number is 04 817 6504.And lo and behold we just happen to have a Pay Equity Faxathon PDF you can use to facilitate this outcome (pictured to the right in this post, click through for the full size version. If you cannot get it to work please feel free to email me via my profile and I will email it back to you.) Thanks so much to Anita of Kiwipolitico who not only transformed it into a PDF for us, she also arranged the hosting at her place. Gotta love a bit of that inter-blog solidarity!
You could even have a little morning tea* at your work about it (seeing as how it is International Working Women's Day on Sunday March 8th) and get your workmates to sign the fax too.
For those who don't have access to a fax machine, here are some alternative ideas:
1. Email - you could email Mr Ryall and let him know your opinion on the matter, or send him a photo of your signed fax:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Post - you can freepost (don't bother with a stamp) your fax to him, or send him a letter:
Tony RyallIf you do take a photo of your fax, maybe with your workmates who signed it, or around the fax machine as you send it off, do feel free to send email it to us too (you can find my email in by clicking through from my profile on the sidebar).
Minister for State Services
I have heinously stolen this idea from a union member of my acquaintance who is planning to do it within her own organisation. I figured it couldn't hurt to get it out there more widely - the more faxes going to Mr Ryall saying women are worth it the better!
If you hear of any other activity happening around this issue please let us know so we can promote it too.
More on recent pay equity stuff here - Because we're worth it: Pay Equity Hub
Update: More recent news on the Faxathon can be found here. And much gratitude to the wonderful readers who set up a Facebook event for the Faxathon off their own bat.
* Or afternoon tea, or lunch, or elevenses, or second breakfast. I advise against doing this over Friday drinkies however. I understand faxes with gin splashes can clog up the machine.