“We’re going to pay [insert male name] more because he is a man and needs it more than you.”
“Let’s give the' little woman' something to do to keep her busy.”
“I prefer to employ women, because they’re cheaper.”
These are all comments I’ve had said to me over the years.
Shocking I know.
Some might argue that they were ‘of the times’
However the last was shared with me in 2017!
Were the people saying these things bad people?
Simply misguided & mistaken.
These comments are insidious.
They did damage then & they do damage now.
Plus are symptoms of a far bigger issue still at play.
Women & women’s work is still under-valued.
And when women move in & become more dominant in an industry, the salary drops.
Yet, the tide is turning.
With globalisation & technological innovation comes increased speed, competition & new problems to be solved with DIFFERENT thinking.
Social media is providing a platform, along with increased awareness & education.
Iceland is leading the way too.
Condescension is part of the problem.
Laughing at sexist jokes is no longer OK.
Employing women because they’re cheaper is exploitation.
And if you aren’t careful, that little woman will be too smart to want to work for you anyway.
My line is drawn in the sand. Right here, right now.
Where and when is yours?