ETA - I just want to add that in the first 5 or so years, teacher wages aren't that great.
A full time teacher in NSW on the top pay scale is on almost $96k so not a pittance. It takes a long time to get to the top scale, though and many teachers leave the profession before then.
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09-03-2016 18:32 #71
International Women's Day and feminism
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09-03-2016 18:32 #72
I just did a quick google-
a teachers average wage in Aus is about $64k
A civil engineer $71k
We pay the public servants who make our roundabouts more than those who are teaching the next generation. I wonder why on earth that would be?
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Am I feminist? You better bloody believe it!
First off, everything that @FearlessLeader has said. All of it, she's absolutely hitting the nail on the head. Being, and identifying as a feminist is much, much more than simply 'wanting what men have'. Yes, it involves the pay gap, but it's more. It's about being seen as people, not objects. Rape culture, domestic violence, it's all part of it. Everything from childcare issues, welfare issues, education, employment, the assumptions made of us, having (or not having) children, our appearance, the choices we make in our every day lives. All feminist issues.
There's a lot of talk of 'choice' in here, but why is the onus of 'choice' always on the woman? A woman *chooses* to stay home with her children. But does she really? Is she really making a full independent choice that is not dependent upon any other factors, or is she "choosing" to stay home because as a woman, it makes better financial sense because generally speaking, her male partner earns more than she does?
People say things are a choice, but often they are choices made due to greater social issues that make it the only viable choice, therefore, is it *really* a choice?
Wolf whistles, cat calls, groping, "friend zoning", rape, sexualisation, domestic violence - these things all happen because we live in a society, in a world, where it is acceptable in the minds of many men, for them to treat women like we are only here for there gratification, to serve them. All feminist issues. Women are "asking for it" if they get drunk, wear a short skirt, if they do something their partner doesn't like/approve of. It's always our fault, always victim blaming. These are all issues that make it very important for feminists to exist. These are the issues feminists stand for.
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09-03-2016 18:38 #80
The vast majority of industries considered "women's work" fall within arts/humanities. Because women are deemed caring and nurturing by nature. We are heavily involved in 'fluff' industries, not the 'hard' industries like science, maths, engineering etc because they have long been "men's work".
It can't be hard to realise that male dominated industries come with higher pay, because they *are* male dominated industries.
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