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Margo Price isn’t afraid to speak out about injustice and on “Pay Gap” she sings about the need for equality in the work force. She performed the song last night (March 7) on Conan, a fitting choice ahead of International Women’s Day. Backed by the all-female mariachi band Las Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas, and with “Inclusion Rider” taped across her guitar, she adequately got her point across.
“It’s not that I’m asking for more than I’m owed / And I don’t think I’m better than you / They say that we live in the land of the free / But sometimes that bell don’t ring true . . . Women do work and get treated like slaves since 1776,” she sings on “Pay Gap.”
“When I decided I was gonna put ‘Pay Gap’ on my album, I kind of knew it wouldn’t be a radio hit but really nothing I do is and I’m just trying to make good music — I’m not concerned with the mainstream perception of it,” she said in a recent interview with CBC Music. “I think down the road it will be looked at as one of those moments because it’s insane that in 2018 people still think the pay gap is a myth. It’s pretty mind-blowing.”
She adds, “I think it’s just a very slow, long burn trying to get equal rights. And we go back to the ’60s and the ’70s and we’re thinking that we’re making progress and it’s just very tedious work. Maybe after I’m dead in a hundred years they say the pay gap might be closed. I’m not holding my breath.”
A song about equality, watch Price’s performance of “Pay Gap” below.