LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — As Tuesday marked Equal Pay Day, the Institute of Women's Policy Research revealed women in Arkansas are earning 25 percent less than men are.
Seven businesses in the area created a discount just for women because of that.
According to Channel 7 polls on Facebook and Twitter, out of nearly 400 votes, approximately 5 percent of voters say women are paid more, 45 percent answered they are both paid the same, 40 percent said women are paid less and about 10 percent are not sure.
Those who provided the discount say this conversation was needed.
Participating businesses include:
Linda Tyler owns Red Mango on Kavanaugh. She said she has been personally impacted by double standards in regards to compensation differences between men and women.
"I can actually tell you a time when I had a boss tell me that I am not going to give you a raise because your husband makes good money. Which didn't have anything to do with whether or not I got the pay I was due for the job I did," Tyler said.
Jeremy Bragg, of River City Coffee, said the discount is about improving opportunities for women.
"As of right now, they have worked this whole year up until now for free. So we are just trying to bring awareness to that. And basically trying to let people know hey this is what's going on," Bragg said.
Regardless of their position, this discount stirred up an quite the conversation.
"[I] think that it's awesome that they are bringing attention to an issue that affects us on a daily basis. We are probably struggling to live in the same neighborhoods, same places just because we are making less money, and possibly taking on more responsibility as well," River City customer Athena Flakes said.
"My question, is how do you know that women are getting paid less than the men that come in here. I get paid a certain amount, and several women come in and get paid more than I do. Then it seems like that is not really impacting the cost," customer Jacob Kreitz said.
April 12, otherwise known as Equal Pay Day, is the date that symbolizes how much further into the next year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Supporters say that date is pushed back even further for women of color.