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LETTER: Women's Wages
Dave West | 10/29/14
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It is very clear that women’s wages still lag behind men’s in most every industry...
— Laura Finley, "
More Than Just Good Karma" October 14, 2014

I will not challenge the opening statement presented by Laura Finley in her recent Daily Post essay... because I believe it to be true to some degree. However, I do not accept the premise that the underlying causes are primarily discrimination against women.

I also find it difficult to discern the magnitude of the problem when mixed terms are used... "xx percent less then men" or "xxx dollars less than men". To make meaningful comparisons, the delta (quantitative difference) should be expressed in like terms for each discipline. For example, in Engineering the delta is 12%, in Finance the delta is xx%, in Computers the delta is xx% etc. Of course, the percentages given should be for the complete package of salary, benefits and perks.

One of the reasons for the discrepancy in compensation is the fact that women can have children and therefore are more apt to leave an employer sooner than a male counterpart. The delta resulting from this fact alone may be the biggest part of the delta but I know of no studies or research to verify such a theory.

I also believe that few women of my acquaintance have the ability to express themselves in as commanding a manner as men. My favorite woman for this skill is Carly Fioreno the former CEO of HP. I once heard her give a keynote speech to over a thousand people. Not once in an hour and a half did she repeat herself, stumble looking for the right word, use “and uh…”, break rhythm or ever lose command of and the attention of the audience. To her goes my “All Time Best Speaker Award.” At the time, I would have taken a pay cut to work with her.

I should add that in addition to speaking well she also knew what she was talking about. That alone would make it easier.

I offer this as an aid to helping the Daily Post audience understand the problem.

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