a reply to: subfab
I graduated from college with an associates degree during the reagan administration. I would have went further in my education but well I had gotten
that far on gov't grants and such and wanted to switch over to part time and work my way through it. I applied for jobs, even had a few interviews.
but well, wasn't hired... this went on for a long time and I applied to just about every company in the area before a couple of people cued me in as
to what was going on. there was a recession, we were in texas, and well as far as all those employers were concerned the men who applied for those
jobs had families to support, I was a women, and well they assumed that I had a man taking care of me or I danged well should have. Although I spent
two years in college, learning to programs computers and all, and got good grades, well, they would have hired any man that applied for that job,
trained them to do the job that I had learned to do in school, because well, he needed that job, I didn't...
so well, I was right back where I was before I went to college, stuck in the fast food, bullcrap jobs that I wasn't willing to go back to. I left the
workforce and well, let the man take care of me... had a few kids since well, guess that was what society expected of me, and forgot about college
since I really didn't see any reason in going back as long as the employers were so biased. The kids grew up and entered school, and the economy kept
deteriorated and well, what can I say, the man's paycheck didn't cover the cost of living anymore. I tried to enter the workforce, and after a few
attempts found a home in the printing industry. I learned all I could about the company I was working for, could run many of the machines in the
place and at least assist on many others. I could follow the product from prepress to shipping and contribute in each area. And then I blew a stack
when they brought in a new guy, with absolutely no experience in the industry and well, paid him two dollars an hour more than me. He was eventually
found by child support, slipped on the ice outside of the shop and ended up on drawing disability off the company's workman's comp for his hurt back,
while working to an auto shop in another city...yep!!! he really deserved a two more dollars an hour than me!! I eventually got hurt but couldn't
really afford the doctor bills so it wasn't documented and well, I was left out in the cold.
took me awhile to get back into the labor force after I left this company but well it was pretty much the same story....
for the past few years, I've been content with letting my husband take care of me...after all, I didn't need a job, I had a man to take care of me
so while your experience tells you one thing, mine tells me another. some of the difference might be explained by changing attitudes but I do believe
that studies still find that working women WHO HAVE CHILDREN still earn less than their male, or even single female counterparts.