Hello, class! My lesson is essentially about the existing disparity in salary which continues to disadvantage women across a vast number of career fields; though the gap has been lessened over past decades, we have not yet reached a point of true, measurable equality in the workplace. During my brief time as your teacher, I hope to call attention to the factors that perpetuate this facet of inequality, and tackle the layers of intersectional experiences that deepen the issue. I further intend to introduce specific ideas for individuals to employ in their daily lives (as presented by Sheryl Sandberg) to give a sense of direction for navigating future careers, and how they can take part in a movement towards a state of equality for all women.
Before class, I ask you to read this article, which offers a basic introduction to the topic of pay inequality, and this article that contains a series of current findings on the realities of the American workplace.
Once you have completed these readings, I would like for you to contemplate the following questions, and submit your answers as a comment on this post or as a hard copy on the day of my lesson.
1) In your opinion, what could be the major factors in perpetuating inequality in pay for women? Which of these factors would be the most difficult to overcome?
2) What steps can we take towards creating a fair workplace environment for all people? This can include specific actions for individuals, or even broader ideas as to which specific aspects of our society must undergo change in order to achieve this goal.
3) Do you think we can ever truly achieve equality for all people? If so, do you think we will be able to accomplish it in our lifetime, or will it once again fall to later generations?