Let’s Talk About Women
I’m job-hunting. I’m a mother. And I have a home to run. So why, after more than half a century of feminism, is it impossible to find a job designed around women’s unpaid work?
A gender pay gap? Really, feminism? Is that our biggest gap-issue? For I can spot plenty of other gender gaps – make that abysses – both inside and outside the workplace. Like the Unpaid, Validation, Workplace Timetable and Responsibility Gaps. And it’s feminism that creates them.
In an eloquent piece last Tuesday, Dr Janice Fiamengo, Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, Canada, made the case that feminism is a religion. While she is right to identify its god as the “divine feminine,” it is also easy to make the opposite case—that...
Should NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern go part-time now she is a mother? I said ‘yes’ – and a lot of people didn’t like it.
The 9-to-5 workplace, designed for a man with a wife at home, is still overwhelmingly in place. Unpaid leave to care for sick children is desperately needed by almost all mothers, but is not on feminism’s radar. And the school-hours economy, which should be a fixture in many sectors by now? Not even a twinkle in feminism’s eye.
Back in the 1970s, strong women surrounded me. My mother, my grandmothers, my four aunts, my great-grandmother and my countless great-aunts were all uninfected by the feminist belief that they were failures unless they replicated their husbands’ paid work. By the 1980s, that reality had begun to crumble.