There’s not much to cheer about the fact that, in America, women still earn 78 percents of what their male counterparts do. Equal Pay Day illustrates this inequality by marking the point at which women’s earnings finally equal those of men’s from the previous year. This year, that’s April 14, symbolizing that woman must work 3 months and 14 days into the next year to make as much as a man. To call attention to the Gender Pay Gap, a number of local businesses are offering a 22% discount for women (and their advocates) on Tuesday. One of these is DCanter, a wonderful Eastern Market wine boutique owned by Michael and Michelle Warner.
To shed a light on the 22% pay disparity between men and women, they’ll be offering female customers a 22% discount off any wine purchased. On top of that, DCanter is also hosting a professional clothing drive to benefit Dress for Success. Washingtoniennes can drop off new or gently used professional female apparel at the boutique to help women in need enter or return to the workforce in confidence. Now that’s definitely an initiative (and a discount) worth some cheering!
If you can’t make it to Capitol Hill Tuesday, or are looking for other ways to mark Equal Pay Day, here are a few other options:
- AAUW‘s (un)happy hour featuring pep-talks from equal pay experts and a very wallet friendly cash bar outside of their office (more info here.)
- Lean In DC‘s happy hour with special guests Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro and Debbie Wasserman Schultz at Molly Malone’s (6:22 – 8:22PM) featuring, of course, 22% off drinks!
- Random 23% discount and performance arts by Art Works at Pizzeria Paradiso
- 22% off UrbanStems‘ signature mix using the promo code EQUALPAYDAY
- 22% off Christine’s Equal Pay Day class (7:30-8:15PM) at SculptDC
- 22% off all menu items + a free Dolce Rosa cocktail if you mention the EQUAL PAY DAY DEAL to your server when you order at The Heights