Men’s club should donate

The Goldfields Social Club perpetuates an inequity that already exists by allowing the “old boys network”

Re: “Men-only social club proposed,” September 12

Greg Haydu is quoted as saying he has “been launched into” for spearheading the Goldfields Social Club. He states “he doesn’t mind having that conversation.” I wonder if he has heard this point of view.

The Goldfields Social Club perpetuates an inequity that already exists by allowing the “old boys network” to be alive and well and continue to cut women out of business networking opportunities.

There is no clearer illustration of the economic inequality between men and women than the difference between the men’s social club and the Nelson and District Women’s Centre (the closest example I can think of a women’s-only gathering space in our community). The men’s club fee is $3,000. The women’s centre’s fee is $15 to $40 with an option for volunteering for those who can’t afford any amount.

The centre is a gathering space for women and various women’s groups. It serves many women who need food, clothing or other support, including emotional support due to a variety of issues such as experiencing violence and poverty.

It is no coincidence that women make 70 cents on the male dollar and that women are not paid equally for work of equal value (care to compare and contrast an early childhood educator’s salary to that of a powerline technician, for example?).

I don’t begrudge men the opportunity to gather and share each other’s company, but I strongly encourage individual members and indeed the “Club” to consider donating five per cent of their would-be fees to the women’s centre to help combat violence against women in our local community. After all men are largely the benefactors of the economic inequality that we live with in our society.

Jane Byers

Nelson

 

Just Posted

Nelson Leafs humble Rockies 9-2

Leafs score 7 unanswered goals en route to win

Nelson Leafs fall in Kimberley 4-1

The Dynamiters took a 2-0 lead en route to the win

Nelson Legion to sell its building to tech company

Traction on Demand will purchase the building while the Legion will lease space

Climbing group launches fundraiser for Castlegar cliffs

TAWKROC wants to raise $60,000 to purchase the property from the owners

It’s the last day to vote in B.C.’s referendum on electoral reform

Ballots must now be dropped off in person to meet the deadline of 4:30 p.m.

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

Boeser scores 3, Pettersson has 5 points as Canucks hammer Blues

Vancouver picks up impressive 6-1 win in St. Louis

B.C. police stop drunk driver who offered up burger instead of ID

Roadblock checks over the weekend found at least two other impaired drivers

In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why

Data suggest that Canadians don’t see the concept of nationalism the way people do in the United States

Small quake recorded west of Vancouver Island

No injuries or tsunami warning after 5.4 rumble felt some 400 kilometres from Victoria

B.C. suspends Chinese portion of Asian forestry trade mission due to Huawei arrest

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of U.S. in Vancouver

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2017

Online retail sales accounted for 3.4 per cent of total retail sales

2-year investigations nets $900,000 in refunds for payday loan customers

Consumer Protection BC says selling practices were ‘aggressive and deceptive’

New Kootenay East Regional Hospital District Board elected

Redeveloping East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook a priority for new hospital district board

Most Read