Women’s Day, 2017

Since the late 1970’s, early 1980’s, when I started noticing women riding TTC vehicles,  about when writers started championing women’s rights and extolling the virtues of no longer relying on a male for support, being a male myself, I started  thinking that extolling the virtues of being a working woman was in fact a way of expanding the minimum wage labour pool.  People on television have for more than thirty years now made it seem that women were doing ok except that they were just not yet cracking that glass ceiling. I’ve never heard anything about the majority of women in that vast labour pool that includes fast food outlets; and grocery and merchandise checkout clerks, some working two or even three such jobs to support themselves and their children. To my limited experience, all that talk about women getting better jobs seemed  addressed to upper or middle class women who may have some hope with social connections of getting one of those power jobs, maybe women like President Trump‘s wife. Today a television  caption said women today earn 87 cents for every dollar a male earns. Does that ratio imply that women earn 87% percent of the millions Suncor’s Steve Williams earns every year? Today one might expect that a woman like “Microsoft Canada president” talking about “increasing female representation in tech”  might seem more circumspect and less tied to the tech industry that was developing along side the growth of the minimum wage pool that women were entering. It’s as though time has stood still since I first heard that women were gaining freedom through work way back in the 1980’s or even the 1970’s, probably before Microsoft Canada, and before its president was born .

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