Tuor wrote:Pretty sure lower wages and glass ceiling is generally bull shit, these days. I think women can, in general, get away with far more thing than men can.
Not quite. A speaker named Lilly Ledbetter came to campus recently and she said otherwise. There's even a bill in her name, but there's still much headway to be made and women are still getting less wages in jobs that aren't traditional high school employment. The bill really only makes it so that they can ask about wage comparisons to co-workers without fear of retaliation.
She is wrong, at least in the interpretation that matters. Women do on average make less than men. This does not mean they on average get paid less for the same work. Women are less riskier than men. This is just genetic. Men are at the top and bottom of societies everywhere - most homeless people and convicts are men, and most political and economic elites are men. Women are more likely to settle down in a comfortable spot in their career instead of pushing forward. It's also worth noting that obviously they can get pregnant and this can stop career advancement, where they can just have their husband shoulder the majority of the work. The husband as majority or sole provider is now motivated to be more ambitious and ask for raises or a promotion, so this can result in them being paid more for the same job as a woman or result in men being promoted more than women.
It's also worth considering that more of a man's attractiveness deals with his financial status. A man is more desirable if he makes a lot of money. This isn't as much the case for women, so women have less pressure to make money.
Men are also likelier to take riskier jobs - oil drilling for example, and those jobs tend to be higher paying than safe jobs. Is there still some sexism in the job sectors? Sure. But it's not overwhelming anymore. In fact, there are many sectors where being a women is an asset, such as in the gaming or STEM industries where they are desperate to have more women workers. So there are some counterbalancing factors here.
Obviously women haven't made it to 100% equality yet, but the majority of the war has already been fought and won, just a few battles and skirmishes are left, and success is waiting for many women if they're willing to take the risks and make the sacrifices that are necessary for success that men have to make to stay competitive as a "man". I still hear women saying they just want to be a housewife, and it's not an impossible dream either, but it is somewhat reflective of the motivations of women in the workplace. A man can't just hope to land a rich wife and take care of the kids.