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The 77 percenters

Submitted by on 1, April 28, 2009 – 6:00 amNo Comment

Today Alameda celebrates Equal Pay Day – well, it’s not a celebration, exactly. It’s a recognition that women in this country still earn far less on average than men, more than four decades since the initiation of the modern women’s rights movement.

According to the folks at Isle City of Alameda, which is the local chapter of Business and Professional Women, women earn just 77 cents on average for every dollar men earn. April 28 is the day we officially “catch up” with what men made in 2008.

So local businesses are helping a sister out by offering discounts and specials for women today. Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden is offering 23 percent off to women who wear red (the solidarity color for this day, and apparently there is free red tea to taste too); Urban Forest is offering women 23 percent discounts storewide, and Daisy’s is giving 23 percent off on lotions and bath creams.

Forbidden Island, Armstrong & Hedges LTD, Feel Good Bakery, Tucker’s Ice Cream and Alameda Natural Grocery will all have special offers and discounts for women today (and the folks out at Marti’s Place are offering us free coffee).

Deb Knowles of Edward Jones will offer “A Woman’s Guide to Money Matters” at noon today, and she’s at 1336 Park Street, Suite D. Reservations are required, so give a call at 749-0403 to see if there’s any space left.

In the meantime, if you want more information on Equal Pay Day, click on the websites for Business and Professional Women or the National Committee on Pay Equity.

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