Women might have equal rights in the US, but they don’t have equal pay. In the marijuana industry, three groups have formed to help preserve the rights of women: Women Grow, the Marijuana Business Association Women’s Alliance, and the NORML Women’s Alliance.
For every dollar a white man makes, the average woman makes less than 80 cents in the same job with the same responsibilities. For women who have a higher education, the wage gap widens. Hispanic women feel the pinch the worse – they don’t even make 60 cents on the dollar compared to white men.
The goal of these groups is pretty simple. They’re fighting to make sure that female creativity can be brought to the legalized marijuana industry. Women have already proven that they are very capable entrepreneurs – on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, for example, women raise more money than men and have more successfully funded campaigns. It’s that attitude that is being brought to the industry and the results speak for themselves.
According to the women’s advocacy groups, this is fueling a level of mutual respect that other industries should use as an example for gender equality. Since the legal marijuana business is so new in this country, it may prove to develop without some of the same inequalities as other businesses.