The Auburn University Women’s Center Leadership & Advocacy Council ambassadors celebrated Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 12, on the Haley Concourse.
The group sold cookies — 75 cents for women and $1 for men — to draw attention to the wage gap, said Women's Center Leadership & Advocacy Council President Sung Mo in an email.
"We were very excited to have such a positive response this year," Mo said in an email. "We had some people approach our table and engage in arguments with us last year, so I was a bit worried, but we only had a few negative responses this year (which all ended very peacefully after a discussion) so I was very hopeful. It was also really exciting to see that a lot of people were familiar with the term wage gap and knew about it. The wage gap is definitely real, and it impacts everyone — all races & genders."
Mo said the group was also received well last week when it passed out more than 200 bags of feminine items to highlight the "pink tax."
"Pink tax is a term used to refer to the extra cost women are charged for products and services," Mo said. "In general, women earn less and are charged more."