Researchers wondered why women and minorities who climb the career ladder don’t pull others up after them. Here’s what they found:
1) White male executives who advocate hiring and promoting women and minorities are considered warm and competent by other managers.
2) Females who promote diversity are seen as selfish, devious and cold.
3) Minorities who do it are seen as incompetent.
The attitude among white male executives appears to be: This is our house. You are a guest and we control the guest list.
Which reminds me of a story I read recently. A woman scientist goes to a conference, where her findings are questioned. The next year she returns as a transgendered male. One of her belittlers from the year before confides: “Your work is much better than your sister’s.”
I’m cheered by the words of Michele Roberts, the new leader of the N.B.A. players union.
“The past is littered with the bones of men who underestimated me.”
A reminder: It isn’t too late to ratify ERA.
Here are the15 States that have not ratified the 27th Amendment: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia*
The Illinois Senate has passed it. The House votes in November. In case you have any influence.
*See a pattern?
Last: Women earn 88 cents for every $1.00 earned by a man. Some people say–well, 88 cents is almost a dollar. Considering the choices women make, the difference is negligible. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Go8tnl21MU to see what happens when two monkeys are paid unequally.