While the country witnessed a very powerful woman announcing her candidacy for President today, overall, women make only $.78 for every $1 made by men. In Pennsylvania, it’s just $.76. Dig a little deeper, and the numbers are even worse: Black women in the U.S. make just $.64 and Latina women make $.54. This year, in lieu of their regular Equal Pay Day Rally, the Women and Girls Foundation is supporting two innovative programs: <100 Pop-up Shop and “The Great Debate.”
<100 is a traveling pop-up shop for gender wage equality. Shoppers can find work there from exceptional women artists including ceramics, textiles, publications, art prints, stationery, and other goods. The twist is that male shoppers at this location will be charged 100% of the retail price of any item, while women will be charged 76% of this price. It’s a non profit project, with all sales going directly to the artists. The shop is located at 4901 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. It’s open from April 1st to the 30th, Tuesdays through Sundays, from Noon to 7:00 p.m. You can learn more about <100 here.
“The Great Debate” is the first ever 74% fundraiser and will be held on Equal Pay Day April 14, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland. The issue? “BE IT RESOLVED: Nonprofits have more important priorities than addressing pay equity.” Debaters include: Heather Arnet, CEO, Women and Girls Foundation; Daria C. Crawley, Ph.D., Robert Morris University; Ruth Ann Dailey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Dutch MacDonald, President and CEO, MAYA Design; and Erin Molchany, Southwest Director for Gov. Tom Wolf. For added fun, the audience will get to vote on the proposition prior to and post debate. You can click here to learn more about the event and to purchase tickets.