Sunday, July 19, 2009

Don't undersell yourselves, girls

I suspect that this headline in the Waikato Times of 4 July was written by a male sub-editor who would himself expect to be described as an adult. We are unlikely to see a headline which reads, "Don't undersell yourselves, boys".

According to the article, women are responsible for earning on average 12% less than men because we don't sell ourselves well. The recently dis-established Pay Equity Unit of the Department of Labour might have provided a more thoughtful analysis; as did Margaret Wilson's recent lecture at the university: It is time to talk about women - again, in which she outlined progress in women's participation in the public life of this country and where we still have a way to go.

1 comment:

  1. Nice succinct post - you're doing better than me on length! Yes, lower income for women must be all their fault. It couldn't be anything to do with gender based discrimination. Humph! Well spotted.