Female insights

I remember the story my mother used to tell about having to monitor the work of a male co-worker even though his salary far surpassed her own (Comment on “Does Wonderwoman earn as much as Superman?” by Tracey Strange, www.oecdinsights.org, 8 March 2010). She made many strides over the years, in spite of being a woman, and was the first person in her large corporation to have a personal computer at her desk. Even though she retired comfortably, her salary never compared to that of her male co-workers. In the twenty years or so since her retirement women have continued to make incredible strides in the workplace, finding more opportunities in a wider variety of jobs with greater access to the “big bucks.” No doubt things have improved, but it is imperative that organisations like the OECD and others continue to work for true equality in the workplace in all parts of the world. Wouldn’t it be nice if this were the only inequality for women?

©OECD Observer No278 March 2010

 




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