- study at school
- do further training (university or a trade)
- enter an industry that pays more
- establish themselves in a career before having kids (yes this may involve waiting until mid 20's or later)
- after an initial period following the birth of a child let hubby take time off for daddy daycare (yes I know not all males can do this - however I know a lot that can and their wives still take primary care responsibility at home during bubs first year or two).
Given you outlined in your reply that you do identify as a feminist and followed with a wiki definition of feminism, I'd assume you would have known that your last paragraph is not what feminism is about and, considering it didn't correlate with what you previously said, I'd hazard a guess that it was a deliberate attempt to spark controversy.
Last edited by BigRedV; 09-03-2016 at 17:25.
Anyway... Give the government and big industries your ideas about getting women better paid, because at the moment, despite and awareness and active involvement of the above entities, the pay gap is actually widening.
Finally, there is much much grey area between direct discrimination and personal choice. The pay gap exists because of this grey area, because of the assumptions and beliefs that people hold of women as caretakers and men as bread winners.
The pay gap will get shorter as these patriarchal ideas about gender change. When men are also expected to take time off to take care of their children, too. When traditionally female professions are paid as well as traditionally male professions where there is similar qualifications needed and similar workloads. When male clients don't make it clear that they only want to work with a man. When women being assertive is the workplace is seen as assertiveness, not b*tchiness.
When I could no longer hide my pregnancy, my hours were steadily cut over a few weeks, then my remaining shift was switched to one that was not at all suitable for pregnancy, practically forcing me to quit.
I spoke to a lady last year who campaigns for women's equality in science. She did a PhD in the 90s and there was a 50:50 ratio back then too. Now she is the only woman at her level (quite high) in her company - approximately 10% are women at this level across the board. Where did all the women she did her PhD with go?? There's a massive skill loss in science...all these woman who are highly trained are lost.
She also had a significant pay dispute in the early 2000s. Again, the only woman at her level and she was the lowest paid. They were all at the same level with similar experience and qualifications. Apparently this happened to her at two different companies.
Just because you don't see it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist!
Last edited by AdornedWithCats; 09-03-2016 at 18:12.
Pregnant for the first-time?
Not sure where to start? We can help!
Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!