- A long -time history of being not paid what one’s work is worth
- Inform yourself of the practices
- Some jobs are more equal than others
- Look of the day
- Top of the World Style linkup party
A long -time history of being not paid what one’s work is worth
When I was a teenager, I had to tutor, and I wasn’t paid for it. I was told, you can’t charge when helping family members. I would have preferred to tutor neighbors’ kids as I then could have made some money. But the limited time I had, didn’t allow to do so as I had to tutor relatives.
Thing went on. When I was a graduate student, I got a position for digitizing data. Interestingly, my male classmates had higher paying contracts that moreover were not so boring. But as a woman, I had no chance to get one of those.
When I had earned my PhD, I took a post-doc position in East-Germany. There employees were first only paid half the amount of that what employees in similar positions were paid in West-Germany. This fact of course had consequences for retirement benefits as well. Later the pay was raised, but still was less than in West-Germany.
Inform yourself of the practices
In many European countries, state and federal employees are paid salaries according to tables. The salary raises every two years for just getting older or more experienced, your choice. The initial salary depends on the time in the work field since earning your PhD or whatever qualification was needed for the job. In many countries, for instance, the US this tabular system is not the case. The tabular system ensures the same payment for women and men. Instead, your salary is subject upon negotiation. Thus, when taking a job in a foreign country – no matter where – check how the salary structure. Doing so will help you to avoid ending up with being underpaid compared to your (male) peers.
Some jobs are more equal than others
In the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)field, nobody has exactly the same education and qualification than someone else. On the contrary, in the service work force, qualifications are more comparable. Think, hair dresser, sales person, etc. the qualifications for the jobs are quite comparable. However, these jobs are dominated by women. On the contray, in STEM, the majority of the employees are still male. not having any role models or mentors, women are often paid less than their male colleagues. Sure, things have improved over time. But with the pace that women salaries approach those of their male colleagues, my great-grand niece may have equal pay.
What are your thoughts on the salary inequity that one often observes?
Look of the day
For this look, I paired my snakeskin print skirt with my traditional Irish cable knit sweater and an ethnic belt plus my over-the-knee boots for one of these bitter cold January days with temperatures below -35F (-37.2oC). The knit has a similar structure like the print, but is much smaller. The color of the sweater and boots repeat in the print of the skirt. The belt with the gemstone inlay birds adds a pop of color to the otherwise all neutral colors outfit.
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