To Highlight Gender Pay Gap, Brooklyn Bar to Sell Drinks to Women for 77% of Their Price

via The Way Station Bar
via The Way Station Bar

You’ve probably heard the widely cited, much-lamented statistic that, on average, a woman earns 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, per the Labor Department. The exact figure there is often disputed, but there’s little doubt that the gender pay gap exists. To help make up for this disparity just a bit, on the night of July 7th (7/7), the Way Station–best known as Brooklyn’s one and only Dr. Who-themed bar, complete with a TARDIS–will be selling drinks to women for 77% of their full price. Get excited for hoards of drunk, underpaid ladies turning into Time Lords and fucking up the patriarchy.

“Let’s level the playing field, even if it is just for one night. Women deserve better. Recognizing this discrepancy is just a start,” wrote the bar owners in a promotional email, calling the wage gap “some shameful sh-t.” And they are prepared to fight it with the most powerful weapon they have (cheap alcohol).

The Way Station is located at 683 Washington Ave. between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place. It opens at 4pm on weekdays. Go there on 7/7 with lady friends for servings of justice.

[via DNAInfo]



  1. Its time that this myth was dispelled.

    Heck even most feminist organizations have stopped using it in their publications.

    If you believe women suffer systemic wage discrimination, read the new American Association of University Women (AAUW) study Graduating to a Pay Gap. Bypass the verbal sleights of hand and take a hard look at the numbers. Women are close to achieving the goal of equal pay for equal work. They may be there already.

    How many times have you heard that, for the same work, women receive 77 cents for every dollar a man earns? This alleged unfairness is the basis for the annual Equal Pay Day observed each year about mid-April to symbolize how far into the current year women have to work to catch up with men’s earnings from the previous year. If the AAUW is right, Equal Pay Day will now have to be moved to early January.

    The AAUW has now joined ranks with serious economists who find that when you control for relevant differences between men and women (occupations, college majors, length of time in workplace) the wage gap narrows to the point of vanishing. The 23-cent gap is simply the average difference between the earnings of men and women employed “full time.” What is important is the “adjusted” wage gap-the figure that controls for all the relevant variables. That is what the new AAUW study explores.

    The AAUW researchers looked at male and female college graduates one year after graduation. After controlling for several relevant factors (though some were left out, as we shall see), they found that the wage gap narrowed to only 6.6 cents. How much of that is attributable to discrimination? As AAUW spokesperson Lisa Maatz candidly said in an NPR interview, “We are still trying to figure that out.”

    One of the best studies on the wage gap was released in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Labor. It examined more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and concluded that the 23-cent wage gap “may be almost entirely the result of individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”

  2. Interesting way to package an old idea. This used to be called “Ladies Night.” Women get cheap booze, the guys come running, cause that’s what guys do, and pay full price. Devious to wrap it in political correctness.

  3. Wow… that is fantastically misguided. I’ve rarely seen a more poorly thought out attempt to advocate for equality. Well done, armchair activists, for just barely understanding how ideas work. Next up: having learned of a high crime rate in a nearby neighborhood, the bar’s kitchen staff will personally commit more crimes in other neighborhoods in order to level the playing field.

  4. …Especially at a bar, where the remarkably sexist practice of “ladies’ night” has been traditional for many a decade.

  5. No doubt it exists. Haha.

    There is literally no reputable source that supports the existance of a gender wage gap based in discrimination. Literally 100% of sources that do misrepresent or outright falsify their statistics and studies. Do some actual research instead of giving in to hysteria before you embarrass yourself by writing a misinformed article like this.

  6. Jesus, this was painful to read. Women make less because of personal choice. Not some mythical patriarchy doing a shitty job of keeping women into positions of power (i.e. Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton).

    • When do men have drinks at a discount? Have you ever heard of “Happy Hour,” which occurs nearly every day?

      And, reality check, ladies nights are designed to fill bars with men seeking to bone drunk women. What a treat for the ladies!

  7. Women do deserve to make as much pay as men. However, in a society where women get preferential treatment (e.g. women are free and men have to pay full price) etc etc, this does not show equality either. I believe in this case, this “ad” is to pack the bar with women who can get really cheap drinks to attract the men who end up picking up the load.

  8. “But there is little doubt that the gender pay gap exists”, sorry wrong, when you actually compare apples to apples the gender pay gap is actually negligible. But stay ignorant and don’t do any worthwhile research or else the truth might actually smack you in the face. Your gap doesn’t include significant details as hours worked, time taken off, the fact that men are more likely to relocate for work, that men are more likely to take higher risk jobs (just look at work place related deaths/injuries, men account for 90% of those), men are also more likely to ask for a raise or bargain salaries, which can make a difference of up to 7%. Research has also shown that coming out of college wages are consistent between the sexes. Nice try though, diluting the facts and leaving out pertinent details to suit your agenda…

  9. […] etc) and it being 7/7, women only paid 77% of their  bar tabs. A cracker jack PR team ensured the event got plenty of coverage beforehand and I saw at least one satellite truck parked across the street last […]

  10. Arright, I’m up for the challenge. Maybe my assumptions about wage gap doesn’t match scholarly articles. So I looked, and this is one thing I found:
    Yup, there is a real wage gap, and it has nothing to do with life choices.

    The Way Station is a great bar. Eyeswideopen999 looks like an anti-feminist troll with a big 7 (seven) followers on Twitter. I’ll stick with Way Station. If you don’t like their message, then maybe, just maybe, Prospect Heights/Crown Heights is not your neighborhood.


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