Kari Schott and the Young Democrats Club at Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah are spreading awareness about the gender wage gap throughout out the United States of America selling baked goods Schott and her team decided to run a bake sale in which the same baked goods were sold for different prices, depending on ones gender. More specifically, males were offered to purchase a cookie for one dollar, while the same cookie was offered for purchase to females for only seventy-seven cents. Throughout the clip, several students, who range in gender and race are interviewed and asked where they stand in regards to the main meaning behind the bake sale. The first two students interviewed concur with the bake sale’s main meaning, while the last student states, “I believe in what they’re doing. I believe in their standing for a cause, but I just don’t believe the statistics they’re using are correct. I would love to have a debate with them, about what they believe in. But the fact that they tell me to go away is kind of disheartening.”
Although this bake sale does bring up many issues with gender inequality, the newscast fails to provide certain details that would have ultimately increased their overall story and readership. The third student mentions the use of incorrect statistics. This causes me to ask, what statistics? Although there is footage showing Schott and the Young Democrats Club handing out brochures, the brochures are never discussed. I have tried to reach out to the Young Democrats Club in order to have them send me an e-copy of the brochure, but have yet to receive a response. Moreover, the topic of transgender pay is never discussed, which causes the bake sale to be very gender binary. After watching this clip, I was intrigued in the topic of pay inequality based on gender and wanted more information, especially regarding transgender pay. To this research, I found that the pay gap is even prominent for transgender individuals. Furthermore, the topic of radicalized or estheticized individuals being subjected to even further wage gaps is not brought up either. Perhaps the bake sale initiative could have received fewer backlashes if their documents were explained and all aspects of pay gaps through gender and race were shown to the student body, as well as the viewers of this Good 4 Utah segment. However, even if the statistics provided are not used properly, the fact that women are still paid less then men in today’s society is still very prominent, but is just one segment in a very large issue surrounding unequal pay between a wide range of individuals.
Several comments posted under this news clip stand out, and are very interesting. One commentator decided to state, “It is obvious that women are not as strong as men and therefore, cannot complete the same tasks,” which is a clear example of someone believing in a sexual script by assigning each gender a different role. Another viewer under the username of “TJ Swift” posted,
“ My argument is that this school, this teacher, the author of this article, and you and your friends, continue to try to push a false claim. As for the 5% – just like the 23% statistic before it, is not prima facie evidence of discrimination against women. My point is that the position taken by the #gendergap folks is an anti-scientific lie and perhaps before we take a lie to mean that women are being discriminated against by men, perhaps we should actually look in to it. Bonus points if you can manage to find, for yourself, the literature’s best guess to explain the remaining 5%. If you can’t, just hang your head in shame and come back, and I’ll help you out.”
The commentator is thinking of things in his own light, and not in the light of others, and in doing so is thinking of things in black and white, when in reality, this issue it a lot more than that. If the gender gap were a “false claim” why would there be numerous stories about gender and race gap occurrences? For example, Maxine Lampe a public school teacher who was told her gender and marital status was a factor in her pay or statistics supporting it. Why is it that ones sex or sexuality is a determinant in whether one should be hired to a certain position and paid a certain amount? This commentator makes many claims that, in later comments, he refuses to provide links to the sources in which he found the aforementioned statistics.
Kari Schott and the Young Democrats Club at Jordan High School raised a lot of awareness surrounding the gender pay gap and their efforts in doing so did not go un-noticed. However, it will take more than one bake sale to convince individuals such as “Tj Swift” that gender pay is only one part of gender inequality along with many other categories such as race inequality and gender-stereotyped jobs. If we want to change the world’s outlook on this, larger efforts must be taken, although this bake sale was a good way to start the movement.
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