Cyndi Lauper stopped by the Late Late Show With James Corden Monday to transform her Eighties classic “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” into a passionate plea for same pay in the workplace, “Girls Just Want Equal Funds.”
“I come home in the morning light/ 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,” a pink-haired Lauper sang on the updated take on her 1983 single.
Corden emerged with his own pink wig to break it down for the men watching. “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,” the host sang.
In 2014, President Barack Obama established an annual Equal Pay Day as a yearly reminder to help eliminate the gender pay gap.
“It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode,” Obama said in his final State of the Union address. “This year, let’s all come together – Congress, the White House, and businesses from Wall to Main Street – to give every woman the opportunity she deserves. Because I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds.”