Once data is made public about odd differences in what females and males are paid for similar work, organizations have plenty of explaining to do. Among those on the receiving end of those explanations could be their own employees, regulators, media, vendors, clients, and customers.
On Abovethelaw, lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino provides how that dynamic is already operating.
In the U.K., there is a regulation mandating that organizations with more than 250 employees provide information associated with the gender pay gap.
In its data, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills disclosed that for the 2017 bonus season, females received 30% less than male employees. In basic hourly compensation, they earned about 19% less.
The law firm had some explaining to do. And that it did.
What came to light is that the majority of females in the firm are in lower-level positions. When that reality is factored in, the gender pay gap still stands at 8.8%.
Fortunately, that law firm had begun gender equality initiatives. For instance, in 2014, it established this target: By 2017, 25% of partnership positions around the world should be held by females. It's not there. But it has come close. Currently, 22.5% of its partners are female.
Among the tools it is leveraging to help women be upwardly mobile had been to provide networking opportunities, more scheduling flexibility, and childcare assistance.
To paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr., as a Baby Boomer female, I have a dream that when clients/customers see us that perception will be gender-neutral.
Interestingly in the fictional television crime shows such as "Law & Order SVU," female detectives are brought in to obtain information from other females - both the victims of crimes and the alleged miscreants. It's assumed other females will connect more with them.
In 2018, that assumption seems bizarre. How females are socialized had begun to become very diverse post Second Wave feminism. That happened in the early 1970s.
After that "rebranding" of persona during conscious-raising sessions in university town Ann Arbor, Michigan, I dropped "nice," smiling extensively, and concealing my ambition. Many males are more warm and compassionate than I am.
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