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Campus Bake Sale Focuses on Wage Gap

The student group P.O.W.E.R., or the Progressive Organization of Women Engaged in Revolution, co-sponsored a bake sale with M.E.ch.A (el Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano y Chicana de Aztlan) on Nov. 5th. In hopes to raise more than just student’s spirits, they also highlighted the wage inequalities based on race and gender.

The pricing of goods was through a “name your price” method. Buyers were shown a sheet with income inequality numbers listed and they self-identified their gender and race when they bought a baked good. This method was chosen to avoid misidentifying students’ genders and races.

“The bake sale pricing method was important because it made a commentary on how different people are paid different amounts for the same work, then they should not have to pay as much as privileged people for the same items,” said Amy Chronis ‘17, Co-President of P.O.W.E.R.

The pricing method also highlighted the gender pay gap, as women make 78 percent of what men make.

“It’s important to see the numbers presented in a concrete form, like a price for a product, instead of as just an abstract concept; it’s easier to conceptualize $0.78 when you’re holding it in your hand as actual change,” said Emaline Lapinski ‘15, Co-President of P.O.W.E.R.

Thirty dollars was made and majority of the proceeds will be donated to the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) of Kalamazoo. The mission of the YWCA is to eliminate racism and empower women. The rest of the money will be going into the P.O.W.E.R. account to help fund Take Back the Night, a campus event hosted in the Spring that raises awareness about sexual assault and help’s to break the barriers of fear and silence around these issues.

“The Bake Sale wasn’t as successful as I thought it would be, but we still raised money for the YWCA. I hope we do more events like this in the future. We are planning probably to do a couple panels on gender/sex/equality,” said Rebecca A. Guralnick ‘14, Co-President of P.O.W.ER.

In the future, P.O.W.E.R. hopes to work more with the YWCA, something the haven’t done in the past.

“I think the YWCA is a great organization and I hope to work more with them to help spread our message in the community,” said Guralnick.

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Campus Bake Sale Focuses on Wage Gap