Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Only Way to Close the Wage Gap

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Aynsley said...

I'm not going to watch this video, since I'm at work, but if the answer isn't "Close the effort gap"...I'll be disappointed.

Anonymous said...

That was beautiful, and long overdue. I love these rants.

Kristophr said...

Appeals to better nature only work if the person has a better nature.

Lazy people will keep voting for free shit.

Anonymous said...

the problem is that they are already pushing "women into/forcing women onto" the "STEM related" industries. female centric affirmative action is rampant in STEM, in both academia and industry and it has a seriously deteriorating effect.
it hurts:
-men, because they are displaced/forced out by less deserving and less capable women, the whole education system is set up to disadvantage and drive out males
-the few deserving and capable women because you can't distinguish them from the hordes of affirmative action cases
-the industry itself, decreased productivity, higher costs, increasing bureaucratization, being sucked dry by the myriad of parasites
-everyone who is not a parasite: governments spend (and force others to spend) a huge amount of money to push women in to stem

most scholarships and grants are female only or at least highly biased in favor of women (even if there is a much more qualified male), there are unofficial/unwritten quotas forced on organizations to hire women.
these unofficial affirmative action "taxes" are one of the main things that drive away meaningful, value producing industries to asia.

johngalt said...

Aaron I love your work and I have a doozy of a story of just how messed up the people in America are today. I have a friend who is dating a girl in her 30s who has just taken out student loans and is going to study 'food and beverage' science at unlv. I guess you need a degree to be a waiter now.

Anonymous said...

As a woman who majored in STEM and has a career in STEM this is excellent advice. ONLY for women that enjoy and have an aptitude for STEM fields. I do not encourage anyone, male or female, to get into these fields unless there's a strong interest--i.e. if you don't enjoy STEM hobbies, don't like being around science folks, then STEM isn't the career for you.

I am treated fairly at the workplace because I fully expect to do my share. I am not a workaholic but I am a member of a team. If that means overtime, I'm coming in/staying late like everyone else is. I tackle difficult problems when needed; I do not pass them onto someone else. I treat people with respect whether you are the CIO or the janitor. I am respected in return. Sure their are jerks once in a while, but everyone, male or female sometimes deals with that; it isn't a gender issue and not a reason to cry to HR.

My only compliant is as a previous commenter already stated, the capable women get lumped in with the lazy ones. At a new workplace, male colleagues are often very skittish, afraid that I'll interpret anything they do in a bad light. With a bit of effort, I overcome that bias pretty quickly. When a project ends, or there's a reduction in force, it does take me longer to find a new position than my male colleagues.

Generally the best success in finding a new position, whether one is male or female, is because a prior co-worker, supervisor, etc. knows my character and work ethic refers me. Of course, I am happy to do the same when I am able.