I read about a school that held a bake sale promoting gender equality. Boys were charged $1.00 and girls $0.77; a stark lesson to all that, in spite of progress made thus far, on average, women are paid far less than men, for the same job.
When I was promoted to Department Head several years ago, the disparity in pay was egregious. I knew I’d been underpaid in the manager job I’d held for 4+ years and I was privy to the fact that my male colleague (with the same title and responsibilities) earned far more than I did. My male supervisor knew about it but wasn’t interested in doing anything to level the playing field. When it came time to make adjustments to the next level, you better believe I spoke up. I’m happy to report I didn’t settle for $0.77, either.
On a similar note, we have potlucks at our office on a regular basis; the same three guys never bring anything but always enjoy multiple servings. I think the price of cookies just went up. 🙂
“A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man. Likewise, she is never less. Equality is a given. A woman is human.” – Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
What are your thoughts on this topic? Have you witnessed unequal treatment in the workplace?