By David Morris
By David Morris
An extra attachment equals extra cost. In an effort to raise awareness in men and a remembrance in women of the inequality within the workforce, Feminist Unite put on a bake sale at Lovekin Field at the Riverside City campus. Members of Feminist Unite baked the cookies and cake themselves and sold them near a popular thoroughfare and advertised $1.00 price tag for guys and 75 cents for women.
The Feminist Unite thought of this difference in price ranges were appropriate due to the US Census Bureau website which stated that 2004 median annual earnings by sex were 77 percent. The site also stated that other races had drastic differences when factored in.
Hispanic women for example are 56.9 percent.
Feminist Unite members baked goods ranging from chocolate chip cookies to strawberry cake and “puppy chow”, which is made of peanut butter, chocolate chips and powdered sugar. Money collected during this bake sale goes to Feminist Unite and their Women’s Center.
Irene Hernandez, Kimberly Treloar and Holly Hively are members of Feminist Unite and running the bake sale. Their advisor is Dr. Jamie Brown.
“This bake sale is to make men more aware of this wage gap and a reminder for women to not forget about it,” said Treloar.
Roy Diaz, a student at RCC, thought that the bake sale was a good idea. Even though he has worked at a few jobs were he has seen women promote faster, more opportunities, and have seen women use sex to advance. He believes, however, that women and men should help each other succeed.
Patricia Badham, who bought some of the baked goods, considers herself a little feminist as well.
“It’s a woman right to choose whether they stay at home or not,” she continues that it should be equal among the sexes. As some males pass by the table they exclaim loudly the injustice of the difference in price.
When questioned about some job professions that have different physical requirements, Treloar felt that it should be equal across all fields.
Anh Phan and her boyfriend Mark Francisco voiced a similar opinion as Treloar. They both bought cookies from the table, Phan paid; they felt that it was good to continue to fight for this but that it’s going to take a long time.
“We still have racism in this country and its still a problem, sexism is no different,” said Francisco.