In a month when Netmums decided to announce that feminism is like so last season, it was a little bit of a surprise to read that the Chartered Management Institute’s pay survey has found that being a female executive means you earn £10,060 less than a man doing the same job – or simply put, having a penis is worth £10,000 a year
Tell you what, get me one right now, I’ll even wear it on my head if it means enough extra cash to have a decent holiday, a few treats and pair of hot new shoes…
Being flippant aside, how on earth is this still the case?
It is 42 years since legislation was passed making it illegal to pay someone less just because she happens to possess a uterus
Despite this there is still a significant pay gap between men and women – staggeringly it is as prevalent at the top of the ladder (where the CMI estimate a £14,689 a year gap) as it is at the bottom (the Fawsett Society estimates a 15% average pay gap)
A 15% pay gap means that for every month a man works, a woman has to work an addition three and a half days to get the same pay – how in any way is this fair?
I find it just all so depressing – I really had thought we were better than this, I really thought that society had moved on from assuming that women were worth less than just by virtue of the fact that they are women, I had thought that feminism had won not only the battle but most of the war
Trouble is that you look around and realise that actually society is doing an awful lot of perpetuate the myth that women aren’t quite as good at things as men – just walk around a toy shop and the separation between gadgets and doing things toys and the mass of pink princessey tat, or the clothes aimed at brave boys and pretty girls, or the lack of women in decent roles in films and on TV
The Everyday Sexism project shouldn’t really need to exist today, should it? And yet every day women are noting down the drip drip drip actions that seem to suggest that attitudes have barely changed from Medieval times
So what on earth do we do?
I’m sick of fighting this fight – I’m sick of having to work longer, harder and better than my male colleagues to get the same grudging recognition – I want better for my daughters
Sadly based on this evidence it appears that changing their names to Bob and Fred and getting them a stick on penis may be the best solution…