If a cafe in the U.S. were to replicate the “man tax,” it would have to use a different number: 20 percent, which is the pay gap for full-time, year-round workers in the States.
That being said, new research shows that millennial women are closing in on men and some experts predict women’s pay could, on average, even surpass men’s in the next few years.
“Millennial women are so outpacing men in higher education that it’s inevitable they will become their generation’s top earners,” reports Fast Company, using data from a Pew Research study. “With greater education comes greater wealth. At this rate, young women’s wages will overtake men’s by 2020.”
Other experts are more pessimistic: They argue that women won’t even reach pay equity with men until 2152.
Regardless, the “man tax” at the Handsome Her has caused a storm on social media. Some are supportive of the concept:
Others are less enthused and argue it will only widen the gender gap:
Everyone, however, can agree that O’Brien has successfully started a conversation. And her cafe is reaping the benefits. “Yesterday and today we were jam-packed with customers showing their support,” the Handsome Her posted on its Facebook page. “We’ve had men travel across town to visit us and pay ‘the man tax’ and throw some extra in the donation jar.”
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