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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

4/10/2018: Equal Pay Day; Moveable Feast; First Coast Connect Book Club; Mosaic 2018

Kevin Meerschaert

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we discussed Equal Pay Day with Paula Liang, Ellen Wiss and Melanie Patz from the Women’s Giving Alliance (01:12).  

Our latest segment of Moveable Feast featured Dea Sims from Your Pie (29:19).

This month’s First Coast Connect Bookclub with blogger Stacy Goldring featured the novel An Unnecessary Woman. (31:51).

We heard about this weekend’s Mosaic 2018 with organizers Jeanine Hoff from Where’s the Sunshine? and Carmen Joyce of I Still Matter (46:00).    


Equal Pay Day

April 10, 2018 is Equal Pay Day. It’s the day women’s wages catch up to what men earned in 2017.  This day is a symbolic marker that women have to work, on average, more than 15 months to make what men make in 12 months.

According to The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), women only earn 80 cents to every dollar earned by men for the same skills and jobs. There is greater disparity among Latinas and black women, IWPR says if things remain on the current course, the gap will not close for more than 100 years.  

Moveable Feast - Your Pie

The percentage of women entering the franchising sector is increasing. The International Franchise Association says women now own more than 21 percent of all franchise businesses,  including here in Jacksonville.

In Tuesday’s Moveable Feast, Leigh Cort of the Women’s Food Alliance talks with Dea Sims of Your Pie.

First Coast Connect Bookclub

It’s an acclaimed novel from Lebanese-American writer Rabih Alameddine.

An Unnecessary Woman is a portrait of an isolated woman with a dazzling mind as she comes to grips with getting old.

Alameddine's narrator is named Aaliya. She lives alone in Beirut, in the apartment she used to share with her husband before they divorced. Previously she ran a bookstore. Now she stays at home. Her life is pretty bare, mostly about books: reading constantly, then, once a year, translating a favorite volume into Arabic.

Our First Coast Connect Bookclub blogger Stacy Goldring will be discussing the book at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Jacksonville Main Public Library.   

Mosaic 2018

Well when you think of a mosaic, you imagine a piece of art made from many small pieces.

The event, Mosaic 2018, is pulling all of the pieces together when it comes to the issue of mental health awareness here on the First Coast.

Mosaic 2018 will be an interactive gathering that will feature a live and in-person interview with Melissa Ross and award-winning writer and "Selfie Queen of Jacksonville," Kerry Speckman. Mosaic will include food & drink, inspiring entertainment and interactive art activities.

It will be held Saturday on the roof of the Museum of Science and History.

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.