School's Bake Sale Has Separate Prices for Girls & Boys

A group of teens recently made headlines for their unconventional bake sale. The Young Democrats group at Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah decided to raise awareness for the pay gap and gender equality by selling cookies at different prices for boys and girls.

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The Gender Equality Bake Sale was held Tuesday and Wednesday during the lunch hour, in the school's common area. Cookies were sold to boys for $1, but girls could purchase them for 77 cents each. The difference in prices was meant to represent the statistic that shows that women still earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men.

The president of the Young Democrats is a 16-year-old junior named Kari Schott, who said her goal was to raise awareness "in a way that can touch peoples' lives."

She also pointed out that Utah's wage gap is in the top five in the nation, and isn't expected to equalize until 2102.

Now here's something interesting. Personally, I think the wage gap is mostly just perception. Yes, I'm aware that women statistically make less money than men. I also believe that women are more likely to take time out of the workforce to raise children, and are less likely to take higher paying jobs in the STEM fields, or in high-risk jobs, labor-intensive jobs with higher salaries.

That being said, I think what these kids managed to do is awesome. They felt passionately about something, and came up with a creative way to share their opinion with others. Who doesn't love cookies? It takes a statistic off a piece of paper and makes it tangible.

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Schott admitted that it caused some backlash on their social media page and at the school. "A lot of people were angry, they would try to get into fights with me," she said. She also said that several students called her sexist.

But it didn't bother her. She claimed that the negative reactions were actually a good thing, because "they started conversations and were an indication that things do need to change."

The table was set with fact sheets as well as cookies, and group members were on hand to answer questions. Even though they did receive some criticism, others stopped by to show their support. "I'm really proud of my group for what we did," Schott said. Plus -- they raised about $150.

These teens set such a positive example about raising awareness effectively, and not just complaining, mudslinging, or sabotaging other people's opinions. Hopefully it's an indication of a calmer political discourse to come.

What do you think of the gender equality bake sale?

 

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