Applaud Company for Eliminating Gender Wage Gap


Target: CEO of Salesforce, Marc Benioff

Goal: Applaud CEO for efforts to eliminate wage disparities between men and women.

The CEO of Salesforce is attempting to close the gender wage gap by starting a program called Women’s Surge. This program will promote more hiring and inclusion of women in the company.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said that he is looking at the salaries of all 16,000 of his employees in order to help close this wage gap between genders. He expects that it may take a few years to discern the wage gap, but he is determined to eliminate it once he finds out what the wage gap is. Benioff said that it is his job to “make sure that women are treated 100 percent equally at Salesforce in pay, opportunity and advancement.” Benioff has already given raises to some of the women in his company and expects to give more in the future.

According to the latest data from the Census Bureau, women still only make 78 percent of what a man with similar employment makes. This wage gap between genders goes largely unaddressed, so it is refreshing to see a CEO taking the issue seriously. The launching of Women’s Surge will put the promotion and hiring of women at the forefront of the company and ensure that women are considered for open positions at Salesforce. The company is currently 71 percent male.

Recognizing this discrepancy between male and female employees is something that few male CEOs take the time to do. Please thank Marc Benioff for acknowledging the need for equal wages between men and women and working hard to make this happen.


Dear Mr. Benioff,

I would like to thank you for recognizing the gender wage gap in your company and striving to eliminate it. Ensuring that men and women are paid equally is crucial to your company.

Additionally, it is inspiring to hear about the launch of Women’s Surge, which will ensure that women are to be considered for all open positions at Salesforce. Most of your employees are male and it is reassuring that you are considering women for these positions as well.

Many CEOs do not work nearly as hard to address the wage gap between genders. It is great that you are addressing this concern and giving women the wages and equality they deserve.  Please continue to make your company a friendly place for all genders.


[Your Name Here]

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