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Gender Wage-Gap Pop-up. Pay What You're Paid!
Calling all Quail Bell artists: Support National Equal Pay Day ( and for the rest of the year) by selling your work at LessThan100's gender wage pop-up shops. LessThan100 is an organization that promotes gender equality and artists by selling original work at the price men and women are paid in each state. Curious? See below for the press release:
PITTSBURGH, PA - April 10, 2015 - A pop-up shop with an unusual pricing approach has opened at 4901 Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh. The shop, 76<100, is promoting gender wage parity by implementing a "pay what you're paid" pricing model, charging men full price and women 76% of all items in the shop. The pricing reflects the gender wagae gap in Pennsylvania, where women earn just 76% of what men earn.
The opening of 76<100 coincides with National Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 14, an event symbolizing how far into 2015 women must work in order to earn what men earned in the previous year.
The shop features work from women artists and makers from across the US, among them artist Nina Abney (New York), illustrator Grace Danico (Los Angeles), ceramist Ani Kasten (Maryland), weaver Kayla Mattes (Portland), artist Carissa Potter (San Francisco), bakers and authors Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin of Ovenly (New York), and more than forty others.
Local participants include artists Melissa Catanese, Lenka Clayton, Casey Droege, Barbara Weissberg, and Vincent Zeng; Jennfier Lazzaro and Claire Ward of Dirt Landscaping Collective, beekeeper Christina Neumann of Apoidea Apiary; author Akirah Robinson; ceramists Reiko Yamamoto and Jolie Valentine; a selection of books by women photographers curated by the woman-owned Spaces Corners bookshop.
"It's my hope that this tongue-in-cheek approach will make the impact of wage inequality tangible and spark positive dialogue around the issue," explains graphic designer, Elana Schlenker, the project's creator. "At the same time, I want to take this opportunity to celebrate and share the work of these exceptional female artists and entrepreneurs."
More than just a shopping destination, 76<100 aims to bring women and girls together around these issues by hosting a series of events in partnership with other local women and women-run organizations throughout the month, including Margaret J. Krauss, producer of 90.5 WESA Celebrates Inventing Pittsburgh; CMU's Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equality in Society (PROGRESS); LaKeisha Wolf and Maa-t's Righteous Sweets; Kate Stoltzfus and Emily Levenson of Propelle; and artist Casey Droege. A full listing of events is available on the shop's website lessthan100.org.
The shop is also proiding a free newspaper to all visitors that elaborates on the gender wage gap and its causes and offers tips and resources to help indivisuals advocate for wage equality for themseles, in their local government, or in their workplace.
"Elana's project is a creative and engaging approach to a serious issue of social justice affecting the lives of women and families everywhere," said Ryan Coon, Program Officer at the Sprout Fund. "Sprout is proud to support the project and the artists it's celebrating."
The shop is open 12-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays from April 1-30 at 4901 Penn Avenue in Garfield. In the fall, the pop-up shop will travel to New Orleans, where it will be renamed 66<100, reflecing the wage disparity in Louisiana.
76<100 is funded in part by a Sprout Fund Seed Award, the Women and Girls Foundation, Soup N'At, and Awesome Pittsburgh
76<100: Elana Schlenker | firstname.lastname@example.org | 646.269.2667 | lessthan100.org
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