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Cookie sales and fair pricing

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.

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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?

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18 thoughts on “Cookie sales and fair pricing

  1. Diane Helminiak

    At my last agency job, there was a guy who came in as a “sales” person and he would sit around watching sports videos at his desk instead of “selling”. One day I walked in and his check was sitting on his desk. I told him it was best to cover it up or move it. When he didn’t, I saw he was making far more than I did when I came and did far less than I was doing. Needless to say he didn’t last long because he was expected to get sales. The fact that he was hired as sales and not support was interesting, too.

    • Nice. I love that he didn’t last long .. hee hee … the Karma truck picked him up! 🙂 Thank you for commenting, I love hearing from you Diane 😀 MJ

  2. I’ve been out of the mainstream workforce for so many years, I’m afraid women’s equality wasn’t discussed then!

  3. When I started working, my field was male dominated, but I was paid the same as my male counterparts and my co-workers treated me fairly. It was people outside of the company – the general population – that made comments like “You’d better let him help you with that. We wouldn’t want you to break a nail.” It sometimes takes a long time for attitudes to change on a broad level.

    • I love that you said sometimes it takes a long time for attitudes to change on a *broad* level — laughed out loud! I agree, sometimes I have been treated fairly, others, not so much! MJ

  4. It always bothered me that whenever there was a celebration at work, only the women brought things in. The guys didn’t kick in any money, paper goods or anything. They never treated for anything that would equal it. Always ticked me off. We even had one guy make up a “doggie bag” for his son because there was something there that he liked. Argh!

    • There are more women in my office than men and, the truth is, many LOVE to cook. But we finally had to set up some rules and say that, if you’re not going to bring something in (doesn’t have to be home-made) i.e. Pop, Chips, paper products, etc, you HAVE to contribute $5 to the supplies. Didn’t take the guys long to figure out a $2.50 bag of Lays chips was less $$ than $5. There’s still one who has never brought anything but I sense a mutiny on the horizon .. some of those older gals are ruthless and I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes when they finally throw down the gauntlet and just go for it! 😀 MJ

  5. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Said very well, MJ.

  6. I am old-er now and always amazed at the strides women are taking. Why, it wasn’t that long ago we girls even got to vote! Now we’re breaking ceilings or at least banging on them. 🙂

    • You are right – it is amazing! 😀 I remember being an Administrative Asst in a large international company. The co hosted “career day” and encouraged employees to bring their children in to talk with employes in various fields – Marketing, Engineering, HR etc. I also remember one executive pooh poohing us having an “Administrative” booth — in his mind, that was not a “career” and we weren’t going to waste his children’s time. Imagine my delight when his daughter spent time talking to us lowly secretaries? Guess what? She didn’t want to be an engineer! (( looking back I know he wanted the best for her but it was rather insulting to those of us doing the work and taking care of things! )) MJ

  7. I just thought about when I was given a window office and the other ladies in the company were not happy about it. Women can be their own worst enemies and that is probably still true.

  8. That bake sale was a great way to get the lesson across!

    I’m happy to say that I’m unaware of any gender-inequality in my office. The management is for the most part, very fair. However, there are individuals who don’t get it … the guy that can’t figure out how to book his own travel accommodations and always just asks “one of the girls” to do it for him. And yes, we have those guys who never contribute to the pot-lucks, but always partake. I don’t let it get under my skin too much. I enjoy cooking or baking for the group, and enjoy the compliments and recipe requests that come my way as a result.

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