I, like a few others that I know, first got introduced to the PF world via Fabulously Broke. For me, reading her blog was like reading a story of who I wanted to be — successful, pushy (but just enough to get what I’m owed) and financially stable. When she sold her blogs I thought nothing of it because a) she had a new blog and b) she would still guest post from time to time.
I didn’t like the guest posters/staff writers/new owners whatever. I generally don’t read blogs that have multiple authors because I feel that the essence of the blog is lost — there’s no personality to follow and I have no feelings of remorse or joy whenever anything personal happens to the writers. While personal(ality) is pretty important in a personal finance blog, I kept Fabulously Broke in my reader for sentimental reasons.
Plus, on the occasions that FB did write, I still enjoyed reading her posts (FB commented below saying that the “guest posts” are pre-written posts that she sold along with the blog).
This morning however, was the last straw. Today’s post was “Should women work in male dominated professions?” and, while I really, really tried to give it a chance, this line immediately turned me off of the post, Shawanda and Fabulously Broke forever:
[Why women shouldn’t do dirty work]: “Personally, I’m not super eager to chip my finger nails, sweat out my hairdo, or catch offensive odors in my hair and pores during a standard day’s work.”
Excuse me? I go to arguably one of the best universities in the world (and #1 in Canada!) where I’ve worked my ass off every day to get good grades, graduate in 2.5 years and work full-time to increase my net worth and I have no problem “chip[ping] my finger nails, sweat[ing] out my hairdo, or catch[ing] offensive odors in my hair and pores during a standard day’s work”.
I don’t think that I’m above a hard day’s work because I’m a woman or because I have a university degree. I don’t think that I’m overqualified or “too good” to work a blue-collar job. Hell, I worked a blue-collar, union job for 5 years where I left every damn day covered in dust and with dirt under my fingernails. But, I did it because it was a decent paycheque and it was a job. I hated most of the things about it but I was smart enough to know that it was either work there for $15 an hour or work at a grocery store for $10 an hour. In my crazy world of priorities I thought that a bit of dirt and dry, dry skin that I will never get soft again is worth the extra thousands a year.
I firmly believe that that statement is what is holding women back in pay equality. Once I move to Alberta, I’d love to get an office job and wear pretty shoes but if I find a job shoveling sand that pays a significant amount more and provides me with free work clothes, you’ll bet that I’ll take that. Women who are more per-occupied with messing up their hair or smelling funny have their employment choices limited and are forced to take lower paying jobs.
I’ll bring my example one step farther, a stay-at-home mom is looking for a part-time job. She can a) work at a minimum wage job or b) work at a slightly less feminine job (maybe in a mail room or as a warehouse worker) and a few dollars more per hour. Which will she choose? Which would you choose?
For a more articulate post, go read Cassie’s rebuttal.