Written in Ink
Written in Ink

Hi ladies. Let me introduce to you Mary Barra. On January 15, she will become General Motors new CEO. So like the title says, women and men are now equal. I hear you ladies scoffing at that so don't take my word for it. Let a women tell you.

From an article by Diana Furchtgott (yes that Diana Furchtgott):

Have women finally made it in the workforce? Well, yes and no. Yes, because hard working American women have the same chance of success as hard working American men, as Barra's example shows us.


See ladies? You have the exact same chances as men. All you have to do is work as hard as we do. You do work hard right?

"But Grandad. Does she not realize that everyone's lives are different?" Why yes she does. As she explains:

Women have equality of opportunity. But because not all make the same choices, they do not yet have equality of outcome, measured in terms of the percentage of CEOs, board directors, and construction workers who are female. Since women are unlikely to ever make the same choices as men, equality of outcome will never happen, contrary to the wishes of some feminist groups such as the National Organization for Women and the American Association of University Women.

Women have the same opportunities as men if they want to pursue them. In this economic recovery, women are doing better than men. Since December 2007, the beginning of the recession, the number of employed women has declined by two tenths of 1 percent, while the number of employed men has declined by 2.26 percent.

But many women choose other avenues. That is why, on average, women earn less than men do, and fewer women reach the top in corporations.


There you go. It's not that Twitter didn't want to pick a woman for it's board. It's that no woman tried to get it. You have apply for the job in order to have a chance, and we all know that women rarely ever apply for anything.

The Pew Center's analysis of Census Bureau data finds that women between 25 and 34 make 93 percent of men's earnings. This wage gap does not reflect choices of jobs, hours, or time in the workforce.

When these factors are accounted for, econometric analysis by many economists — including Columbia University professor Jane Waldfogel, University of Chicago professor Marianne Bertrand, and City University of New York professor June O'Neill — find that all women, not just millennials, make about 95 percent of men's earnings.

The remaining 5 cents could be due to unmeasured variables, or to discrimination. Women who believe that they are victims of discrimination have many legal avenues to sue their employers, the most recent being the Lilly Ledbetter Act, the first bill signed into law by President Obama in 2009.

This gap is far smaller than the 77 percent frequently mentioned in speeches by the president. But even in the White House in 2012, female staffers made 87 cents on a man's dollar, according to the 2012 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff.


Uhh...see. Um, everybody is equal?

Just as women surveyed by Pew reported they were glad that they took time off work, women at Yale Law School are already thinking ahead to family-friendly flexible jobs. This year, for the eighth year in a row, Yale Law Women highlighted the top 10 family-friendly firms. These are not firms that pay the most, but those whose benefits include part-time work, flexibility in hours, and paid maternity leave.


It's the "women would rather stay at home and raise kids" trope. I think we're done h-...

But it follows from these choices that women will never be half of CEOs or board directors, or even half of construction workers or grave diggers. Mary Barra shows that women can make it to the top. The Pew study shows that many women are equally happy with lower-paying, flexible careers.


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