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Local Businesses to Offer Women a Discount on Equal Pay Day to Highlight the Wage Gap

 Businesses in Portsmouth, Durham, Concord, and Keene will charge women 79% of their bill to highlight the wage gap that finds women earning only 79 cents to a man’s dollar

equalpayCONCORD, NH – In collaboration with the Stand With Women campaign of NH Citizens Alliance and Granite State Progress Education Fund, local businesses across New Hampshire will mark this year’s Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 12th by providing a discount to women equivalent to the percentage in wage gap. Businesses in Portsmouth, Durham, Concord, and Keene will stand in solidarity with women by charging them only 79% of their bill to highlight the wage gap that finds women earning 79 cents to a man’s dollar.

Equal Pay Day is the date each year that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. According to the latest data, female full time workers are paid 79 cents for every dollar paid to a male worker. Pay disparity is worse for women of color: black female full time workers make 60 cents to a white male workers dollar, and Latino and Hispanic women make the lowest at 55 cents. These numbers reflect the difference in men’s and women’s typical earnings, using the median earnings of women and men full-time, year-round workers, and are impacted by the many discriminatory barriers to equal pay—including lower pay for women in the same job; the segregation of women into lower-paying jobs and exclusion of women from higher-paying, nontraditional jobs; bias against women with caregiving responsibilities; and lack of workplace policies to allow workers to care for families without paying a stiff economic penalty.

Five of the participating businesses will offer the discount all day long, on all menu items, and host media availabilities featuring the business owner and/or manager, along with local elected officials and advocates. Please note the following locations and times:

Portsmouth: The Works Bakery Cafe, 9 Congress St. Hours: 6am-5pm

RSVP on Facebook or to sheila@granitestateprogress.org

Durham: The Works Bakery Cafe, 5a Mill Road Plaza. Hours 6am-6pm

RSVP on Facebook or to sheila@granitestateprogress.org

Keene: The Works Bakery Cafe, 120 Main St. Hours 6am-6pm

RSVP on Facebook or to sheila@granitestateprogress.org 

Concord: VIBES Gourmet Burgers, 25 South Main Street. Hours 11:30am-8pm

*** Extra: Join us for a Stand With Women “Unhappy Hour” from 5:30-7:30 ***

RSVP on Facebook or to sheila@granitestateprogress.org 

Concord: The Works Bakery Cafe, 42 North Main St. Hours 6am-5pm

RSVP on Facebook or to sheila@granitestateprogress.org 

Concord: Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co., 13 North Main Street. Hours 10am – 6pm

*** Gondwana has been doing Equal Pay Day discounts for more than 20 years! ***

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