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This argument to me is always skewed incorrectly to one side. There are some perfectly acceptable factors as to why, on average, women make less than men. I have been a manager/executive for almost 20 years now. I have had the opportunity to hand out hundreds of promotions over that time. Most of this in the world of finance. The environments I worked in have a pretty close to 50/50 makeup of men and women. In my experience, their performance is equal. When I have a promotion to hand out in an area, I choose the best performing 3-5 candidates (regardless of sex) and interview them. I take their work history and interview into account and choose the best PERSON for the promotion. I ran into something that boggled my mind at first, but I have come to understand and accept it. Approximately 40% of the women I offered promotions to TURNED DOWN THE PROMOTION. In a few instances my second choice was a woman as well and she also turned down the promotion. Leaving me in a position of having to promote my third choice. A man. So often, I have had to hand a promotion to a man as a second (or third) choice. I have never once had a man turn down a promotion. On several instances I nearly begged these women to take the position because they were so good at their jobs. A good manager understands that he is only as good as the people that work for him and that is exactly what I am always after. Man or woman, I want the best person for the job.
Early on in my career, after the 4th or 5th time this happened, I sat the female candidate down that had turned down the promotion and pressed her for an answer. She explained she had a family and kids. She knew that the promotion came with a lot more responsibility and hours. She was not interested in this as she felt it would impact her performance as a mother and wife. Something she was proud of the fact that she was very good at. No doubt she was. I have had this same conversation with a number of women over the years now and it is nearly always the same answer.
So to my point. We need to get two terms straight in our head; equal and equal rights. Men and women are not equal. I would hate to live in a world where we were. We have strengths and weaknesses that are unique to our gender. We should celebrate these and accept who we are rather than endlessly and mindlessly trying to stamp them out. Women are more naturally suited to child rearing IN GENERAL. They have much more soft, caring, and nurturing personalities than men. If you have to leave your children with someone for the day, who do you prefer? A man or woman? It is who we are. I agree that we need to seek out and destroy those instances where equal rights/opportunity do not exist, but I believe the larger part of the skew in these numbers relates to inequality and not unequal rights. My fear is that articles like this only serve the opposite effect of what feminists actually are trying to accomplish. Telling women that making decisions like what I have described is not ok. It is not ok to just be you. Women should chase the almighty dollar just as fervently as men do. The fact that they don't, in my opinion, is a virtue. Ladies, if your dream is not to climb the corporate ladder, but instead lead a more balanced work/home life, I applaud you. It is something men could stand to take more notice of and learn from.
as usual, msn forgets Las Vegas NV...scheduled banquet servers and banquet bartenders make, in excess, of a $100,000/year...that isn't hyperbole, it's a fact!
most of the Strip Resorts pay $20/hour plus gratuities...think about that for a minute - $20/hour equates to $3200/month just in hourly wages, plus another $7000/month in tips...that's a lot of money msn, so do better research...
But hey, if you say the lie over and over and over...
Think about it - if company's could get the same work out of one person for less, well, all they would do is hire women.
Maybe the facilatators of this article should equatetheir findings with the cities cost of living \.
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