Skip to comments.Oregon] Restaurants to drop prices for women to reflect wage disparity
Posted on 04/22/2007 4:35:55 PM PDT by Lorianne
At least five restaurants here say they will drop prices for women patrons by 23 percent Tuesday to reflect a conclusion that American women, on average, earn that much less than men.
"I was in the corporate world before we moved to Baker City," said Brandi Ulrey, who with her husband Jake owns the Baker City Cafe.
"I understand how it is to earn a smaller paycheck than a man." The cafe will be joined by the Main Event, Little Pig, Chamealeon and L&J Deli.
The event sponsor, the American Association of American Women, says 23 percent of the year will have passed, and that that's how many extra days women would have to work this year to make what similarly trained and educated men would make. The association has a Baker County chapter.
The advocacy organization plans to release a study on pay equity Monday.
Ulrey said the discount is more about creating awareness than making a difference in a life.
"There are so many women who are in the same boat. It's our duty as business owners and leaders in the community to make people understand the disparity," she said.
Jay Raffety, owner of The Main Event, says he is fully supportive.
"This is a good thing the AAUW is doing," he said. "We're hoping quite a few women will come in that day."
Liz Estabrooks, the local event organizer, said many working women shy away from pushing the pay equity issue for fear of being fired.
"Pay equity is protected by law, but it's like sexual harassment," she said. "Women tend not to fight it because they might lose their job."
An AAUW survey concludes that many employers are unwilling to promote young women because they may leave to have children and may prioritize family over work.
"It's always been used as an excuse, that women are on a different career track," Estabrooks said. "It's also been used as an excuse not to hire women, because they'd just quit anyway or at least take time off to have their babies. It's a lot like the illegal alien issue," she added.
"Bosses figure they'll pay you less because you'll take less. Then people get mad at them because they will work for less."
Skip the tip too girls.
Yeah but if College Republicans hold a bake sale and drop prices for women, they get kicked off of campus.
Do you know of any woman who is being paid less than a man with the same job and the same experience?
Blacks and Hispanics are “underpaid”, too. I think this is unfair.
Why don’t they just pay all of their employees the same?
On AVERAGE, women eat 27% less than men, so for the sake of “equality”, will they force feed the women 27% more food also?
These liberals would cannibalize their mothers if they thought their was a buck to be made.
I pretend to work and my company pretends to pay me.
I dunno whether I should ask for a raise or not.
What you do is to have a woman in the office order the food for the guys in the office and have her pick it up.
Aside from the fact that this is a pretty good publicity stunt, this story shows the economics illiteracy that runs rampant.
Don’t worry. Oregon is just going through another brief psychotic episode and this is just another symptom. We will soon continue our recovery and put stuff like this behind us.
My first thought when reading this...LOL!
Brandi Ulrey, right.
I'm not so sure about that. If you were with a group of hungry guys, would you want to go to a place that gives you food and a lecture about how evil and unfair everything is, or just someplace that serves food?
Just the food for me please, and hold the whine.
Darn them rich evil white men.
My husband and I started out with the same state agency at the same time. Our jobs were comparable with responsibilities, etc; our pay band was the same- yet he started out higher than I did. That was with a Government agency too.
I wonder why the restaurant does'nt keep the prices for women patrons 23% cheaper year round? Would'nt that be a better reflection of their beliefs? Women, according to them, make 23% less year round, not just one day.
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