As a young boy I first became aware of International Women’s Day in junior high school; the Berkeley Unified School District had it as an official school closure day. It was also made relevant to me when I would see my mother return home from work day after day frustrated by the inequality of pay and limited access to job promotions experienced by her and other women at their place of employment.
Fast forward to March 5, 2011. I am having lunch with a friend that works in management at a large retailer. He makes approximately $2000.00 more per month than a female manager in the same department with similar credentials and experiences. In our conversation he says “If I were her, I would be pissed off if I knew the male manager made $2000.00 more a month than me.” So I replied “If it bothers you that much then do not take the extra money.” I cannot tell you what his response was; I do not type that kind of language.
In 2008 Beyonce Knowles released a song titled ” If I Were a Boy“. Some of the lyrics are:
I’d put myself first
And make the rules as I go
Cause I know that she’d be faithful
Waiting for me to come home
If you are a woman then I propose this questions to you: “If you were a boy ( the male manager), would you take the additional $2000.00 per month or not take the money knowing that your female counterpart is doing equal work but not receiving an equal salary?
Please use the comment box below to respond to the $24000.00 question.