It’s Women’s Equality Day, our annual reminder that society undervalues women’s work. You’ve probably heard that women get paid 78 cents for every dollar paid to men – and the gap is even higher for women of color. According to the National Partnership for Women & Families, a woman in the US with a full-time, year round job loses $10,876 each year due to her gender. That got us thinking – how would we spend that $10,876? Of course, for many families, most of it would go towards groceries and clothing, rent and health insurance. If you’re lucky enough to have your basic needs met, that money means you can buy local produce or can skip big-box fashion in favor of an investment piece. We went on a little shopping spree to see where exactly those $10,876 could take us. We deserve it.
1Really Good Skincare
You know about La Mer. The Rock uses La Mer. Rich people sometimes know exactly what they’re talking about, and damn does their skin glow.
Cost: $310 for 2 oz
2The Latest Luxe Beauty
Celebrity makeup artists constantly tout Armani’s Maestro Foundation, and this year the brand launched an anti-aging tinted formula that they guarantee will “improve skin radiance.” Armani, we trust you.
Cost: $200 for 50 ml
Often, it seems we save money by skimping on self-care. Especially when you live in a major city, a haircut can seem like a luxury that’s just out of reach. Whether your hair is long or short, you’re supposed to be getting it trimmed at least every 6-8 weeks. The average cost of a women’s haircut in New York City is $71 to $73. For healthy hair, that means you should be getting it cut about seven times a year. *Laughs until I fall over, and I work in beauty*
Cost: $497, before tip
4Beyoncé’s Vegan Delivery Service
Earlier this year, Beyoncé partnered with her trainer Marco Borges to create a vegan meal delivery service that’s organic, gluten-free, and soy-free. A complete Challenge Kit comes with 22 days worth of meals, long enough to break you of your meat-eating habits according to Borges. If you were a man, you could live like Beyoncé – oh the irony.
5A Freaking Marathon
Between the training, the gear, the wearable fitness tech, and the time taken away from work to run, marathons cost more than the entrance fee – and even that is often prohibitively priced. Unless you win the entrance lottery, will you spend your $221 on running 26.2 miles, or on Thai delivery orders over the next six months?
Cost: $221 (entrance fee for NYC marathon)
6Every Product That Kim Kardashian Uses
In a recent beauty workshop, Kim Kardashian revealed that her makeup routine consists of products from MAC, Anastasia, and Kiehl’s – all fairly affordable on their own, but expensive when you buy them all at once. Oh, and it also takes 50 steps. Why not treat yourself to her entire beauty regimen with some of that extra cash your male deskmate makes?
A solid lip color can change your mood, and whipping a designer one out of your bag at a strategic time certainly isn’t gonna hurt your self-worth.
A signature lipstick is its own brand of happiness, but you may feel like coral on Monday morning and black on Thursday night. With some extra bucks, we could splurge on those extra fun statement shades that we won’t wear everyday, like Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense in Pearly Violet or Bite’s Opal Crème. They may not fit with every outfit, but when they’re right, they’re so right.
Cost: $150 allotment
910 Classes at SoulCycle
The infamous workout is just as expensive as it is fun and good for you. Skip the first time $20 ride and go straight for the 10-class pack.
10Regular Cleaning Service
If I had the cashflow, the first thing my lazy self would do is book a regular cleaning service. Your surroundings set the tone for your daily life, and you just can’t take a bubble bath in a grimy tub. In NYC, this will run you about $90 a service/every two weeks.
Cost: $1890 before tip
As one of my colleagues said, “I just want to buy these brand new instead of scoping out consignment shops for cheap ones.” Picture yourself, you know, asking for a raise while wearing these.
12Private Helicopter Service
Catcalling is a nightmare and walking home alone isn’t safe. Turn the pitfalls of our gender into a fun-filled luxury by chartering your own private helicopter to take you to destinations near and far (but probably mostly near, how far can helicopters go even?)
Cost: $2,190 for 10 flights
Equal Pay isn’t the only battle. 1 in 4 adult women will be the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her life; The National Domestic Violence Hotline has helped millions of women connect with the resources to escape abusive relationships.
14That Transcendental Meditation Course
If I had a nickel for every celebrity who’s claimed they “owe it all to meditation,” I’d probably be able to afford the TM intro course. The TM folks are either very kind or very wily with their “convenient” payment plans. Either way, the dang thing is incredibly expensive, but it did change Katy Perry’s life.
15Your Own Private, Personal HBONow Subscription
Won’t it feel good to stop using your ex’s brother’s password? You’re your own woman and you can watch Charlie’s Angels without anyone knowing about it.
Cost: $179.88/full year
16A Life-Enhancing Treatment
Everyone from Derek Hough to Lindsay Lohan has been touting the benefits of age-defying benefits of cryotherapy, a treatment where you spend three minutes submerged in a chamber with air cooled by liquid nitrogen. It’s been said to increase energy, help relieve muscle soreness, and reduce cellulite. Let’s give it a shot!
Cost: $240 for a package of 3
17The Entire Essie Fall Line
Wouldn’t it be fun if new nail polish wasn’t a splurge? Essie’s bold new fall colors, from espresso to bronze, would match perfectly with a wad of cash.
18A Lifetime Supply of Wipes
Stop dragging that beat-up box of wipes with your everywhere and keep a spare set at the gym, at the office, and in your car.
Cost: $6.99 each – $111.84 for 15
There you have it folks: $10,876 of conspicuous consumption with a side of equality. A girl can dream – until then, we have lipstick.