Rung for Women helps women move up the economic ladder

Published: Mar. 8, 2022 at 6:37 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 15, 2022 at 10:29 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - For International Women’s Day, one local organization is shining a light on the gender pay gap.

According to the United States Census in Missouri, women make 10 to 12-thousand dollars less than men per year. The gap is even bigger in Illinois.

“Rung for Women” started as a re-sale clothing boutique in South City 10 years ago. In 2016, the founder shifted the idea behind the space, creating a place for women to come and transform their lives by helping them move up the economic opportunity ladder.

On March 15, “Rung for Women” partnered with Golden Gems, a women-owned lifestyle brand located in Midtown. They hosted an equal pay day party to spread awareness in the wage gap.

“Women earn 85 cents for every dollar that men earn and women of color earn less,” President of Rung for Women Leslie Gill said. “Rung’s role is to help women skill up and develop skills that will take them into the future.”

“Rung for Women” offers career services, financial coaching and even has a health clinic. Gill says “Rung for Women” has helped 300 women since it started.

To purchase any clothing from Golden Gems, click here.