New numbers are coming out showing women occupy approx. 70% of jobs in most corporations, including top jobs. The “unequal pay” concept is based on median numbers meaning, if women hold more of the jobs, your pay median numbers go down (broader cross section melding high and low paying occupations). If you take the top earning female CEOs, they make the same as men. Three top management women at Apple make more than the men. But when you occupy 70% of the workplace, the number drops significantly with the great variance of jobs themselves (woman hold the majority of hotel cleaning jobs, for instance, so if you take the median number, it appears women in general are earning less). The head of Sales and Marketing at Apple (a woman), actually earns more than Tim Cook (sales bonuses, etc). Woman also traditionally don’t change jobs as much as men. Salaries increase with movement. Pregnancy leaves where the woman decides not to come back also throws off the median number. This isn’t talked about because it doesn’t suit the objective of the woman’s movement. Are there companies still paying men more than women? Probably. But overall, it’s a bit of a fiddle and numbers—especially median numbers—will always be fiddled depending on what you’re trying to accomplish (I was in marketing for 40 years so I saw it first hand). And obviously it works, or you’d be picking up more checks. You’ve got a good thing going there, and you should stick to it. Most men won’t know the difference, anyway (we’re a stupid lot).

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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