Local Lemonade Stand Highlights Gender Wage Gap

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A local lemonade stand is offering a variety of prices for a single cup in hopes of making a point about equal pay.

The drinks cost $1 for men and 78 cents for women, while African American women pay 64 cents and Latina women pay 54 cents.

The stand is a part of the national campaign, “Make it Work.” The campaign’s purpose is to raise awareness about the gender wage gap and improve financial security for women and families.

An issue the campaign’s organizer says is being avoided by politicians.

“We want to hear their real policy solutions to problems every day Americans are facing,” said Jordan Fitzgerald. “Those things include minimum wage, equal pay, and affordable childcare.”

The lemonade stand, which is open until 8 p.m. Saturday, is located a few blocks down from the main Iowa State Fairgrounds entrance at 2901 E. Walnut Street.