Re: International Initiatives

Susan Belcher (
Tue, 10 Mar 1998 17:51:36 -0700 (MST)

I disagree that we should encourage women to go into careers that pay more
as a strategy for equity...rather we should be demading that low paid
"women's" jobs should be paid much more and valued in terms of status much
more. Then maybe both men and women will have real choice in what they
want to do with their lives.

Susan M. Belcher
Lecturer, Sociology and Women's Studies
Athabasca University
P.O. Box 11411
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 3K6
Tel.: 477-5092
FAX: 492-2024


On Tue, 10 Mar 1998, Robert Weverka wrote:

> Linda Purrington wrote:
> >
> > An interesting, nonfrivolous case could be made for giving women even
> > more education, since an average male worker with a high school
> > education makes more per year than a woman who has graduated from
> > college. (Need a standard for deciding the value of education--economic
> > opportunity?) Linda Purrington, Title IX Advocates (and yes, you can use
> > the 14th Amendment)
> >
> > Linda Purrington <>
> _______________________________________________
> If your premise is that the difference in salaries is an important measure of
> inequities by sex, I wholeheartedly agree. We should make an effort to
> correct this disparity.
> I disagree with your conclusion.
> More women go to college than men. The biggest reason that the average male
> college graduate gets a higher starting salary than the average female college
> graduate is that these fewer males are concentrated in fields that pay more.
> We should encourage more women to go into these higher paying fields. However
> it is not sufficient to equalize just these fields. If we achieve 50%
> representation of women in higher paying fields and we still have 75% women in
> the lower paying fields (with more women getting college degrees overall) the
> average pay of all college graduates will still have this inequity by sex. It
> is not until we bring male representation in the lower paying fields up to 50%
> that the average pay of college graduates can be made equal.
> Robert Weverka <>

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