Robin Wright Rules

Robin Wright Rules

Claire Underwood had to fight for equal pay, so should you.

Robin Wright negotiating for equal pay on the Netflix original series "House of Cards" does not surprise me at all. She is as fierce as Claire Underwood and knows what she wants and how to get it. Perhaps women can look to Robin Wright and others who have proved successful in negotiating for equal pay in a society that conditions women to believe they are not able to earn, and are not even worth, an equal salary. The glass ceiling will not hold out for long my friends, it has to break at some point.

In the first season, we see Frank as the majority whip in the Senate as he plans to be nominated for Vice President. When this plan falls through, he forces his way into power with help from his wife Claire. As the first season continues, Frank and Claire work together as a team to tackle any and all scandals, issues or people that attempt to prevent them from taking over the White House.

Claire is the elegant, brave and soft spoken counterpart to Frank, but of course, is not afraid to be cold when necessary. Voters love Claire, and a large amount of Frank's supporters love Claire just as much, if not more than him. She is a powerful leader throughout the show, and matches her husband's ruthless and seemingly outrageous behavior to get what she wants. In a sense, the Underwoods are equal in their thirst for power. Right from the start, Claire was an integral part of Frank's plan to be nominated for Vice President by President Walker. And as his plans for more power continue, we now realize that Claire is an essential part of Frank's political campaign and career, and Frank knows that too.

Therefore, she is just as important of a character as Frank, so why in the world would she be earning any less as an actress? Well, that is a question with complicated answers, but we do know she did not settle for earning any less than her co-star.

And, while it is portrayed in the media as surprising and seems to be a milestone for female actresses and women, it does not seem so "revolutionary" to me. Yes, Robin's negotiation for equal pay is indeed a move towards progress, but I would not call it a milestone because all women can do what she did -- to some extent.

Robin explained she learned both characters were "equally popular with viewers," and used this fact as leverage to threaten to go public about pay inequality.

"I was like, 'You better pay me or I'm going to go public.' And they did."

So, if Robin Wright can use evidence of unequal pay as leverage, couldn't more women do the same? If we do not stand up for our right to equal pay for equal work, then who will?

Robin Wright rules because she is a great example of a powerful, clever and fierce leader. Sound familiar?

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.

Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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