Published: Friday, June 21 2013 9:35 a.m. MDT
This is interesting. There was an opening in my small company (350 employees)
for the CEO position. Three men and a woman applied. Each of the three men are
married and the sole breadwinners in their family. One man has eight children;
one has five children; and the third man has four children. The men are fairly
equal in education and experience in the industry. The woman is living with her
boyfriend; has no children; has a college degree, but no advanced degrees (each
of the men has an MBA). Guess who got the job? It wasn't any of the men.
Downtime,The woman take the job, more time and cheap.
Marissa Powell was competing for the title of Miss USA, not Miss America. There
are many differences between these pageants so I feel like it is necessary to
point out the correction.
Thanks jkrew. That is an important distinction. I'll make the change.
Maybe the reason that there was such a push to get women in the workplace was to
obtain cheaper labor. That was achieved in two ways:Women willing
to take less.Enormously increasing labor pool so reducing wages
generally.Not to worry employers have a new and better scheme:
supporting illegal immigrants who they can pay even less.Given
these two highly effective strategies to enormously increase the job pool, it is
no wonder almost no one has a "job for life" any more and that the real
value of wages has fallen so drastically over the last thirty-five years.
This article reminds me of a talk I relistened to recently by LDS President Ezra
Taft Benson: "To Fathers in Israel" (search October 1987 LDS General
Conference). While I recognize that "death, disability or other
circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation" ("The Family: A
Proclamation to the World") I am convinced from my personal experience as a
father and a son that the practices described in President Benson's
discourse are an ideal we as a society should highlight, strive for, and
celebrate. I am glad there are many articiles in this newspaper that do so, and
I invite anyone reading this comment to like, post, repost, tweet, re-tweet, +1
etc. any such articles that hold up an ideal family structure.
A lot of young men have no clue about fiscal responsibility or how to manage a
household. They've had pathetic upbringings, and they continue to flounder.
They get the message from some that they are suppose to support a family, and
from others, that they are worthless oppressors of women, minorities and groups
of people who aren't victims of anything other than their own imagination
that they are victims. So naturally what do they do? Nothing. They withdraw from
families because they are taught there's no consequence to their existence
in it. And they continue to undervalue themselves and their potential
contributions in society--in favor of personal gratification and fun. Fifty years after the initial damage was done, we're now finally asking
whether it is wise to ignore men. Unfortunately the road to compensation is long
and littered with hundreds of broken homes.
People who will work hard and want something badly, whether they be women or
men, will reach their goal. It will never be EASY.Happens all the time.Now we observe many young men preferring to "wait for that management
position" as they discuss their future the day following their high school
graduation. Many of them do not seem to understand why this is not possible.
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