Gender inequality


Posted by: Toasted Buns on July 5th 2018

Western society has been working very hard to bridge the gap between men and women in workplaces for many decades now. There are laws that prevent employers from paying their employees less based on gender, women are encouraged to postpone settling down and creating a family for career.

Women are occupying top positions in biggest companies, like Susan Wojcicki who is the CEO of Youtube or Kathleen Kennedy who is the President of Lucasfilm. There are many different awards for women in tech for example Business Journal's 2017 Women in Technology Awards and many more. Moreover, women have been appointed to many top positions in politics too. Theresa May is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Dalia Grybauskaite has been the president of Lithuania since 2009 and many more.

However, the mainstream media is still claiming that our society is a sexist patriarchy that is working only in favour of men and women are a marginalized minority. How true is that?

Women in tech issue have been on the front pages of the news for years now. For some reason, the mainstream media is pushing the narrative that this industry is very sexist and more women need to get into the industry. Even though women are more interested in people, not things and prefer working in more humanitarian areas. Many tech companies are trying so hard to meet the quotas that it is really getting out of hand.

One thing I do not understand is why men in the nursery are not receiving even half of the attention that women in tech are? Majority of teachers in early years schools are women. And it’s not 40/60 ratio. Oh no no, 98% of teachers in the early years are women (This is in the UK, might be different in other countries, but I would assume the majority is still women). Where is the outrage of the Twitter mob about this issue? Oh, the inequality only matters when women are the minority. I suppose the oppressor cannot be the oppressed one. How convenient!

In addition to being a minority in some industries, men are faced with a higher risk of dying at work. In 2017/18 96% (!!) of all fatal injuries at work were to male workers. I am not advocating for any injuries at all, because they are terrible, but why are we not talking about this inequality? Oh, I guess men are the oppressors so they do not matter. On the other hand, I do agree with 3rd wave feminists that some industries are still dominated by men and that needs to change. A recent LinkedIn analysis found that women make up just 26.7% of all oil and gas industry profiles on the professional networking site. That is unacceptable.

I think that we should get that number to 50/50 and the only way to do that is to send women to oil mining sites! This amazing industry offers everything women love:

  • Terrible working environment
  • Grave danger
  • Going away from your family for a long time

And much more! In addition to this, we should close the gender gap in other industries too:

  • Mail delivery
  • Trash collection
  • Mining
  • Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
  • Bricklaying

Unfortunately, I do not see any campaigning or any protest against companies in these industries to employ more women. Maybe because these jobs are hard, usually involve long hours and not the highest pay. I wonder why women only want to overtake Silicon Valley and CEO positions only.

Lastly, I just want to ask one question about Women in Tech rewards. I recently received an invitation to nominate someone for one. But that got me thinking! Using the logic of liberals, who say that anyone who ‘believes that they are opposite gender’ is correct and should be respected. Therefore my question is: “If I feel like a woman on Wednesdays, can I apply for the Women in Tech award?”. I honestly do not know the answer to this, but we have seen a transgender woman winning Miss Universe Award in Spain, and an activist who applied to be a women's officer for Labour party because he "identifies as a woman on Wednesdays." So why am I any different? Please let me know!

In the end, gender inequality is real. But is it a bad thing? Is it really a result of evil patriarchy? Or is it a result of free will of the people? The research is pointing to the fact that women, on average, prefer working with people. That is why majority of midwives, early school teachers and nurses are women. And there is nothing wrong with that! Just like there is nothing wrong with majority of engineer, software developers and bricklayers being men.

Sources:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/02/05/us-google-youtube-idINBREA141Y420140205

https://www.parivedasolutions.com/about-home-page/award/susan-paul-women-in-tech-award

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Dalia-Grybauskaite

https://www.workers.org/2013/03/21/why-u-s-capitalism-perpetuates-gender-inequality/

http://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/wp-content/uploads/Men-and-things-women-and-people-A-meta-analysis-of-sex-differences-in-interests.pdf

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/meet-the-male-teachers-standing-front-and-centre-of-nursery-scho/

http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/pdf/fatalinjuries.pdf

http://fortune.com/2015/08/04/women-energy-industry/

https://www.shethepeople.tv/news/transgender-woman-crowned-miss-universe-spain-2018/