Your Thursday morning wake-up call.

Mother Jones magazine has published a truly depressing round-up of statistics by editor Clara Jeffery demonstrating the persistent gendering of the American Fucking Dream.

For example:

Women make 80¢ on the male dollar, even accounting for time off to raise kids. If that factor is not accounted for, women make 56¢.

Over her career, the average working woman loses $1.2 million to wage inequity.

Since 1963, when the Equal Pay Act was signed, the wage gap has closed by less than half a cent per year.

And this:

Only 5 of 20-odd “thought-leader” magazines have ever had a woman as editor-in-chief. Two of those jobs were held by Tina Brown.

Only 24% of recent works in The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times Magazine were written by women, according to WomenTK.com.

1/3 of those were articles on gender or family or were short stories or memoirs.

And this:

Anne Bancroft was 36 when she played Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate. Dustin Hoffman was 30.

And this:

Models weigh 23% less than average women. In 1986 it was only 8% less.

The above statistics were quoted in a press release for a Dove product whose adcampaign uses full-figured models but the use of which is claimed to reduce cellulite.

And this, about my own chosen career path:

Only 1/3 of female Ph.D.s who get on the tenure track before having a baby ever do so.

And this:

31.5% of Iraq’s parliament are women. Only 15% of the U.S. Congress are women.

And this, perhaps my favorite:

Thank you to elpresidente for the rare political nod in Ladies.

7 thoughts on “Your Thursday morning wake-up call.

  1. 18% for the UK House of Commons, as of March 2005, according to this document from the House of Commons Library. The House of Lords is (unsurprisingly) lower, at 16%; the European Parliament (UK members) makes 24%; Local Authorities in England and Wales have 28%. The Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly do better, at 39% and 50% respectively.

    The International Comparisons section at the end makes for particularly interesting reading. The country at the top of the table, with the highest proportion of women, is Rwanda.

  2. I remember a morning breakfast television show running a section about how Carrie Bradshaw would be heavily in debt if she kept up the lifestyle portrayed in the SATC. They worked out she would have to spend thousands of dollars a month to maintain the lifestyle of shopping, shoes, coffees, eating at resturants and going out.

  3. 1. Women, on average, make a lot more money via health insurance than men do.
    2. Women vote more for males in office than for females.
    3. the majority of women prefer male bosses to female bosses, as the female bosses pretend to be a “friend” figure.
    4. “Models weigh 23% less than average women” And male models weigh a lot less than average males. Its called obesity, and it affects both sexes.

      • I’m not sure if I am or not, but I definitely wouldn’t want a boss who tried to engage me in female bonding.

        And, about women voting for more men than for women, I have two comments:

        1. This could well be because there are so many more men running for office, no? I plead guilty to never having voted for a woman for president.

        2. I would never claim that systematic gender discrepancies are “men’s fault.” These statistics couldn’t exist if women didn’t participate in perpetuating them — Carrie Bradshaw is an excellent case in point. I don’t think women spend their paychecks on lip gloss and pedis because men make them. Does that mean it’s not worth pointing out and thinking about? No.

      • I forgot one:

        “Anne Bancroft was 36 when she played Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate. Dustin Hoffman was 30.”

        Men’s skin ages 30% slower than females, so, approximately, he would look roughly 21 as she looked 36 (which is what their ages were, roughly).

        “Does that mean it’s not worth pointing out and thinking about? No.”

        Did you know that women are one of the three biggest motivators to war? I mean this in a good way. Money and honor are the other two. Women, statistically throughout time, have been the leading force of patriotism and have been the strongest encouragement for men and boys to fight and to win. Look at the Germans during the 3rd century. Their leadest cause of bravery and fortitude in battle were women, who, when their men would lose, would kill themselves because they would rather die free than be servants to the Romans.

  4. To be honest, I’m a female engineer, and I LONG felt that dwelling on differences between the sexes was pointless and brought “my kind” down. And then I went to an eye-opening leadership seminar with women from all over the government. And your last 4 statistics have BLOWN my mind.

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