PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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Inequities

By From page A5 | July 10, 2013

EDITOR:

Every year I look forward to reading the results of the wheelbarrow races because it’s such a positive article. I’d like to congratulate Dylan and Makenzie Snyder on their respective wins in the men’s and women’s championship races.

However, I would like to admonish the Kiwanis Club for the inequitable prize money distributed to these two champions. It seems Dylan’s prize was $1,000, a belt buckle, and his name on the historic trophy, but Makenzie only “picked up a $500 check” from Kiwanis. Did I miss something here? Did Dylan work harder for his win than Makenzie for hers?

I’m aware the courses are slightly different for obvious reasons, but I don’t think anyone worked any more or less for their win. With all the discussion in the news about women making less money for doing the same job, I feel this is a small, but blatant example of the problem women face. Am I the only one who reads this and cares? What kind of message does this send to our young women? Should they just be happy for getting half of what their male counterparts get for the same work and go on being silent?

If the Kiwanis won’t make it right maybe another club will.

DENNA PATTON
Placerville

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