Third Annual "High Heel Hundred" Spotlights Gender Pay Gap

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The Converse College Student Government Association (SGA) presents the third annual “Hub-City High Heel Hundred,” a 100-meter dash in your favorite pumps, on Friday, Sept. 13 at 5:00 p.m. Check in begins at 4:30 p.m. in downtown Spartanburg. The event aims to raise awareness about the gender pay gap and the continuing need to achieve equitable compensation for women.

Come run for the fabulous women in YOUR life. Whether you do it for yourself, your spouse, your daughter, your mother, your sister – or all of them – you will help us make great strides by simply acknowledging the value of these women.

Spartanburg community leaders and members have run alongside Converse and other college students for the past two years. "Having such wonderful men and women running beside us in a race for women’s equity is truly inspiring,” says SGA President Briana Bateman. “As you look next to you and see the President of your college and many of Spartanburg’s community leaders taking time to run, it shows us as students that this cause is truly worthwhile.”

The event provides men and women alike with the opportunity to celebrate the women in their lives while raising awareness for the continued need for women’s equity by dashing 100 meters in a pair of heels. There is a 2-inch minimum for heels for the adult races, and costumes are welcome. Kids can also dash in a lollipop race, but no heels, please. Prizes will be awarded in each category.

WHY RUN?
The Hub-City High Heel Hundred seeks to promote awareness of the continued need for women’s equity. The gender pay gap is a very real issue impacting society as a whole, and yet it is often overlooked. Women excel in their careers and continue to break glass ceilings – often while juggling the demands of family life or other obstacles.
 
Ilene H. Lang, a former tech CEO now working for Catalyst, a leading research organization that studies women in the workforce, once said: “Imagine that there’s a big race and your daughter or your granddaughter or your sister—whoever it is—is really good at track and field, and she trains with the best of them. She goes to the start line, and you look up and she’s not on the start line. She’s 100 feet back. Would you accept this? So that’s the challenge: women are starting out behind the start line. And they don’t catch up.” Let’s bridge this gap and pave the way for the future generation to start on common ground.
 
Come run for the fabulous women in YOUR life. Whether you do it for yourself, your spouse, your daughter, your mother, your sister – or all of them – you will help us make great strides by simply acknowledging the value of these women.
 
All race registration proceeds will benefit SAFE Homes Rape Crisis Center, a non-profit organization serving victims of domestic violence and their dependent children in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties, and victims of sexual assault in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. 

Join Converse College as we empower women of today and prepare young girls for tomorrow.

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