Friday, July 4, 2008

Did the 60's do us any good?

So women earned the right to be let loose from the apron strings of the 50's and go out into the workforce. Wow, and we have so reaped the benefits from that. Wait, no I think not. Now both parents work, the women get paid less, and who knows who is raising their children. Usually, the cheapest most convenient daycare, after school program, day camp, or whatever the family can afford. Anyone who thinks that means we're better off is an idiot. Dual income families have less time to spend as a family but is the norm in the US. Homeschoolers, those rare ones that exist, are practically considered freaks of nature and visualized with prairie dresses and 20 wives to each husband. Today I came across this article having to do with the presidential election and the womens vote. Which is sad because it underscores the real important point of the article which is that women in the workforce are more desperate than ever to get more money and are willing to go to even greater lengths like giving up even more time with their families and giving up health care.
Here's a quote:

Survey respondents are acutely aware that the office playing field is, for women, sometimes more like a minefield:

•Nearly 50 percent said they know or believe they're being paid less than their male counterparts.

•80 percent said having children hurts their careers and job prospects — and note that men don't have similar concerns.

•And two-thirds said being male, younger or more attractive would increase their chances of being promoted.

Sound familiar? This is the same old song that's been sung since women enthusiatically burned their bras and first entered the work force several decades ago. Has it gotten better? A bit, a tiny wee bit. Enough for us to justify our children not knowing their parents? I don't think so, not even close.

I am lucky in that my odd little profession isn't dependent on whether or not I'm a man. I don't think I'd earn any less or be any more promotable. I don't even think it'll make a difference if I were to get pregnant and have another kid. My boss, in fact, is a woman who is undergoing some sort of chemo and, as far as I know, is not being penalized at all.

*Note also that the bra burning didn't work. Unsurprisingly women still voluntarily wear bras because they serve a purpose, as did at home mothers.

For the record I don't know if I could handle being an at home mom but the dh did a fabulous job when he had the chance. I still wasn't able to get him to do a decent job cleaning the floors but dishes, laundry, and parenting he had down. Given the ability (and the paycheck) I would totally put him back in as domestic god. Hear that honey? You're lucky my profession doesn't pay over $80k or your butt would so be back in the saddle.

1 comment:

Trailboss said...

It is a sad state of affairs that our country, as great as it is, still treats women like they do. By 'they' I mean the corporate/workplace world. I personally make more money that a lot of the men I work with and believe me, their jobs are a lot harder than mine. But I am good at what I do and am paid well for it. But it has not always been that way for me. You make such a good point especially about the bra. I remember the 'burning of the bra era' just barely. Hey, as far as I am concerned I would just as soon not wear a bra ever because I HATE them. But I do not have a flat chest and well, it just would be tacky not to wear one. I would also like to be able to go w/o a shirt or bra. I remember when I had my mammagram this year I told the little lady that was doing it. I said "wouldn't it be nice if women could walk around like this? It really is comfortable." She looked at me like I had a toad coming out of my mouth! Oh well, I guess everyone doesn't think like me.