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This Cafe Charges Men A 'Tax' To Make Up For The Wage Gap And Twitter Has Feelings


As in most of the world, Australia has a stark difference in the wages of men and women doing the exact same work. According to the Australian government's Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the gender pay gap is currently 16 percent and has hovered between 15 and 19 percent for the past two decades. 

Alexandra O'Brien, owner of the Handsome Her cafe in Brunswick, Australia, has recently decided to take action against the wage gap by imposing an 18 percent tax on male customers. Proceeds from the tax are donated to a charity that benefits aboriginal women.   

The cafe recently caused a spirited discussion on Twitter when a friend of O'Brien, Paige Cardona, shared a photo of a sign explaining the tax to customers.