For those of you who don’t know about Michieville, I’ve been commenting there regularly because there’s oh so much to talk about. One commenter in particular just can’t stand the site of my dirty, heathen, liberal ass.
Oh, this is a treat! I’ll reference the good part:
Women generally earn less than men because they choose jobs that are more “fulfilling, flexible, and safe.” These jobs usually pay less. For example, the librarian with a graduate degree will earn less than a garbage collector who dropped out of high school. The same applies to the educated art historian working in a museum versus the uneducated coal miner working in a mine. The garbage collector and the coal miner get higher salaries because their work involves greater risk and less pleasant working conditions. Few workers are willing to accept the conditions in these blue-collar, male-oriented jobs — so employees willing to work in these fields are a more precious commodity than workers in lower-paying professions, including librarians and art historians. […] “pay is about giving up power to get the power of pay,” and that by choosing to make more money, women limit their options. They forfeit the quality of life they enjoyed when they worked less and in better, non-stressful working environments.
There’s so much to say…but my first response is: uh, wha?
You know, just the other day (true story) I was driving from that Moms and Tots event that I posted on awhile back. My friend and I (both grad students, she’s pursuing her PhD) passed by a road crew just as they were trying to maneuver this insanely heavy piece of concrete into the..umm…scoopy thing on the sorta bobcat-like machine. You know. Now, there is no doubt that these men are hard workers and I’m glad they’re doing that job…but I turned to my friend and said, ‘see that? that’s why I’m in school again. I don’t want to do that.’ Stupid me! I’m going about it ass-backwards, apparently.
Mark didn’t write that, by the way, it’s a book review that I’m too lazy to link again. However, he clearly agrees. So, I did a little bit of research.
According to the 2005 Alberta Wage and Salary survey,
Albertans in the Librarians occupational group working part-time or full-time earned from $11,900 to $66,300 a year. The average salary was $47,700 a year.
Albertans in the Public Works and Maintenance Labourers occupational group working part-time or full-time earned from $13,500 to $66,800 a year. The average salary was $34,200 a year.
Albertans in the Conservators and Curators occupational group working part-time or full-time earned from $15,000 to $67,100 a year. The average salary was $59,100 a year.
and sorry…I don’t know what ‘coal miner’ translates into nowadays.
Not to mention that the original story that caused Mark to post in the first place was about women earning up to 20% less than the men who held the same position as them.
So…ummm…yeah. It’s also kinda weird that apparently all women are librarians and art historians…while all the men who are lawyers and geologists (apparently women ~aren’t~ these things) are more willing to take on ‘risky’ and ‘dirty’ jobs…such as lawyers and geologists.
I’m not sure what else to say about it right now. I need to read the original article again. My thoughts about how wrong this all is are overwhelming me.