Pop-Up Shop Will Charge Women Less To Reflect State's Wage Gap

Pop-Up Shop Will Charge Women Less To Reflect State's Wage Gap

A pop-up shop for gender wage equality could be coming to a city near you.

Created by graphic designer Elana Schlenker, the store called 76, where women make 76 cents to every man's dollar. The store charges its male customers 100 percent of the retail price of items and charges female customers 76 percent of this price.

"The pricing structure is intended to be tongue-in-cheek, to grab the community's attention and then foster dialogue around the issue," Schlenker told The Huffington Post.

The store features products and goods made all by women, including books, stationary, ceramics and textiles. "I've read article after article about the wage gap and the ways in which women are perceived (and undervalued) in the workplace," Schlenker said. "And when I had the idea to do a shop with this 'pay what you're paid' pricing, I felt like it could be a really powerful, positive and fun way to approach this issue and also connect with other women whose work I admire."

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Schlenker plans to travel across the U.S. with 76

"More than anything that is what I hope for -- to get people talking about the wage gap and these other women's issues, and to understand that remedying this isn't about discriminating against men, or even passing legislation necessarily," Schlenker said. "There are a lot of more deeply seeded issues and biases in our society that are perpetuating this problem. Recognizing this, while encouraging women to ask for what they're worth is, is one small step toward positive change."



"Wage equality also incorporates many different issues for women and men -- women's self-worth, perceptions of women in the workplace, parental leave policies, racial issues, education, minimum wage -- it's not just about earning what men earn," she said.

An awesome bargain and fighting the wage gap? We'll take that deal any day.

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