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International Women’s Day is a Global Conspiracy!

March 7, 2014

Oh, I’m an all-in conspirator too, but screaming headlines sell papers. Still, as I sit here wondering what to write, it occurs to me there must be some kind of conspiracy against working women, otherwise, how do you explain this:

wage inequality

IBM-360-1964-2

A woman, making 59% of the guy pretending to push buttons, monitors uptime in a 1964 cloud computing data center. (Go ahead. Click the picture. You know you want to…)

I mean the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in nineteen sixty-four… That’s 50 years ago! Based on our “progress” of $0.003529 per year closing the gap, we’ll need 65 more years to reach wage parity… Here’s my opinion. In spite of laws against discrimination, people still do it, although today practices like gender bias are more subtle, and you really can’t know what’s in the hearts and minds of people making hiring and compensation decisions. Not many people want to look racist, homophobic, or sexist, but biases are slow to leave a culture, and that’s why International Women’s Day will be important for decades to come. Well, at least until 2079 in the US…

(Work)Joyce’s tweet above, and many others may be found in the transcript of our tweetchat from earlier this week in honor of International Women’s Day. Here are the questions our participants (including me) answered and discussed:

Q1: The theme this year for #womensday is inspiring change. How has a female leader inspired you?
Q2: In what ways does gender still matter in the workplace?
Q3: What are the changes needed to ensure that women are full participants in the workplace?
Q4: What are the most effective ways that managers can engage & develop their female employees?
Q5: How can we get more women in STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) careers? Do you think this will help bridge the skills gap?
Q6: Unfortunately wage inequality still exists. How does it affect companies hiring and looking to retain talent?
Q7: How will your organization celebrate #womensday?

In answer to #7, Kronos is giving all employees the day off tomorrow! Like I spend many Saturday’s, I’ll enjoy it with my son and granddaughter, doing whatever she asks me to…

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