Okay, the whole country isn’t on board, but a cafe in Melbourne is paving the pay. “At Handsome Her, men are asked to pay an 18% premium to “reflect the gender pay gap,” CNN.com reported. Men earn an average 17.7% more than women for full-time work in Australia, according to a government study.
— Paige Cardona (@paigecardona) August 3, 2017
“We’ve had men travel across town to visit us and pay “the man tax” and throw some extra in the donation jar – guys, you’re pretty neat,” the company’s Facebook page stated. Some individuals have been pretty upset about the idea, the company explained why they did it.
“Sometimes it’s hard for people to change their minds,” Belle Ngien, the café’s manager, told CNN. “We’re not in the business of changing people’s minds. They are welcome to go elsewhere if they don’t want to pay a voluntary donation.” No one is turned away if they don’t want to pay the donation to Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service. The reasons behind the “man tax” were to bring to the forefront the gender pay gap. It wasn’t to discriminate or change anyone’s minds, but simply to get the conversation going.
This is one of our employees Daryn. Daryn hasn't had paid work in quite a while – he's spent the last 15 years volunteering with kids with disabilities, riding his bike around town and growing his own food. He's helped us with Handsome Her right from it's concept stages – even suggesting that we charge men more for our theoretical pool table (which we still haven't sourced). Daryn came onboard as an employee last week and has offered to donate 18% of his income (his first income in 20 years) to our chosen charity. What a bloody legend. With amazing supporters like Daryn we have raised $480 in just ten days for Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women's Service Inc. ✌️ #handsomeher #womentothefront #womentakingnames #whoruntheworld #feminist #feminism #yesallwomen #womensrights #feminista #tothegirls #handsomecoffee #brunswick #brunswickcafe #specialtycoffeebrunswick #veganmelbourne #vegan #vegansofmelbourne #melbourneeat
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If you happen to be in Melbourne then take a little time and go into Handsome Her and look around. I hear they have some pretty amazing coffee!
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