Another day, yet another article assessing women's worth by how much they earn. Arrgh. In May a 'Good Weekend' article in the Sydney Morning Herald, titled 'Long way to the top' made me want to scream. Apparently feminism is failing because there are still only a small percentage of the huge pile of qualified women in high-powered corporate jobs. And I imagine it's women like me that are stuffing up the statistics (I've got a few university degrees lying around that are currently going to 'waste').
I know that the point of the article is to show how women are simply not being promoted into higher level jobs, but it also places a high emphasis on how much women are worth. And once again women's worth is measured by her earning capacity. The dollar value that can be associated with what she does all day.
And it's this that makes me wonder exactly this type of feminist position is supposed to be achieving. I don't want to be a man. I don't want my success and value to be assessed by the way the male-dominated corporate world functions. And I certainly don't want to be assessed as successful or not because of my earning capacity.
Of course it is not OK that there are women who have been discriminated against because of their sex, and not been promoted because they are women. But my guess is also that many, many women want to do lots of different things with their lives and not just work in one high-powered job.
Sure I'd like to imagine that I could manage to juggle a high-powered job and a family. But I'm not stupid. I can't do that. So even if I wasn't discriminated against because I am a woman, I just can't see how women are single-handedly supposed to do the amazing job, have a family and not end up on anti-depressants.
At the end of the day, our society still values people because of how much they earn. It's so frustrating for those of us who are working hard, using our time for meaningful purposes but not getting paid for it. There may not be a dollar value associated with my name but I know I'm worth more than $0.