Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The Syracuse YWCA is sending a message in a unique way. The organization held a brownie sale on Tuesday, but it wasn’t equal pricing for all.
Women paid just 77 cents for the goodies, while men had to hand over one dollar. The event coincided with “Equal Pay Day,” which brings awareness to the fact that women make 23 percent less than men do on average.
Event coordinators say some people were surprised by the price difference when by the treats, but that the sale was a simple way to show the difference that 23 cents can make.
"Some have been saying, ‘That's not fair,’ and it isn't, so this is a great way of getting people to understand that it's been a long time since we've had equal rights passed,” said YWCA Program Director Sherry Dewey-Hawuczyk.
Dewey-Hawuczyk also noted that the 23 percent statistic is specific to white women and that women of color actually make even less than that.