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05/12/2009

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Thanks for sharing your experience, Ann. I agree that it is really irrelevant how we ended up where we are, if we are presently able to contribute at the same level as our peers, we should be paid the same.

I do think that we as women sometimes accept "our place" without question. I am glad that you were able to ask for and ultimately received what was due to you. I have concern for the many women that either don't have insight into how much less they are making relative to their male peers and those that do, but don't have your courage to stand up for what you knew to be right.

While my experience with discrimination was quite different from yours, I thought I would share it, for kicks. I had just completed my university arts program in photography in the mid 70's and thought I should pursue my career with Gittings Photography in Houston Texas - one of the best at that time. Their response to me was that they did not hire women photographers because they usually worked a short period of time and then left to pursue a family. Well, you can't get any more direct than that! I decided that I really didn't want to work for a company that felt that way about women.

Another thought...
I was just wondering if we as women, and perhaps the ones that are looked to for care-giving, are destined have difficulties in reconciling the work place demands with the needs of family.

After many (20) years of really never taking sick leave, I was faced with a situation that demanded my attention: my mom fell ill and was diagnosed with cancer. At one of the high points of my corporate career, I was faced with needing to take time off, on and off, to care for her. She was only given 3 months to live, but needed pretty constant care during that time. She lived in another state, so I made frequent trips back and forth. After using most of my vacation time, I asked for a little personal time off. I was granted that. After my mom died and I took care of her affairs, I returned to my job, only to find that I had been replaced.

Now, we have the FMLA to deal with such situations, but back then, we did not.

It made me wonder, though, if women are destined to be on a collision course with a corporate career, if we intermittently need to take time away from work to care for someone.

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