Cyndi Lauper and James Corden took to the stage on The Late Late Show this week to perform “Girls just want to have fun” with a twist.
The iconic singer replaced the words with “Girls just want equal funds” to highlight the pay gap between men and women.
The gender pay gap is calculated on the difference between a man and woman’s average weekly earnings, based on equivalent hours and job roles.
In 2015, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released its latest figures in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, which showed the pay gap had shrunk to 9.4% from 9.6%. However, this figure still translates into men working full-time earning £567, compared to women of the same earning £471 per week. On Equal Pay Day (9th November) last year, it was revealed by the Fawcett Society that women were effectively working for free until the end of the year.
On the Late Late Show Lauper sings: “I come home in the morning light and my mother says ‘Why don’t you make the same as a guy?’ Oh mama, dear we’re not the fortunate ones! ‘cause girls, they want equal funds. Oh girls, they want equal funds!”
She added: “And if you ask us out on a date, oh boys be ready to pay. We’ll get the check when we make the same. Girls they want equal funds.”
James Corden sings: “Guys, if she’s mad it’s not PMS. It’s cause you do the same job but she’s makin’ less. Don’t need no Midol just need more income. Cause girls they want equal funds. Oh girls just want equal funds!”
Watch the full performance below.