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April 9, 2002 - The Aquinas College Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center is working diligently to enlighten today's society of the never-ending income equality disparity paradox of men vs. women. In an effort to "make a difference," the Center will host an Equality Bake Sale on Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. in the lobby of the Aquinas Academic Building. Aquinas faculty, staff, and community members will participate in this year's second annual bake sale.

In 2000, median weekly earnings for female full-time wage and salary workers were $491, or 76 percent of the $646 median for their male counterparts. The Women's Studies Center hopes to emphasize the men/women wage gap by pricing bake goods accordingly. All bake goods will be branded with a pink sticker (women's price) or a blue sticker (men's price). For example, a brownie will cost a man $1.00 and a woman $.75, as a man earns approximately $1.00 per $.75 a woman earns.

The earning difference between women and men was widest for whites. White women earned 74.7 percent as much as white men. Black women's earnings were 85.2 percent of black men's, and Hispanic women made 87.7 percent as much as Hispanic men. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor statistics, August 2001.)