As a member of the Seaside Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW), I would like to thank eight of our local businesses for participating in our Equal Pay Day activity on April 4. Sleepy Monk Coffee, Sea Level Bakery & Coffee, Divine Grounds, Caffe Latte Espresso & Gifts, Seaside Coffee House, Java Reef, By the Way, and Mé Latte all offered discounted prices for women on that day to help raise awareness to the issue of pay equity.
Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day on which women’s earnings finally catch up to what men made in the previous year. In the U.S., there is currently an approximate 20 percent gender pay gap between women and men — and that percent is even worse for women of color and moms. This takes its toll over the years for women and their families. The pay gap is closing but at such a slow pace it will not reach equal pay until 2152.
Kudos to the previously mentioned businesses for bringing attention to this important issue.