Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Want to Get a Raise? Lose the Victimhood, Beef Up Performance

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Want to Get a Raise? Lose the Victimhood, Beef Up Performance

Article excerpt

Did you ever stop and ask yourself why all those tedious morning television shows exist? It's because newspapers don't have remote controls. Imagine if you had to get up and walk down the driveway and pick up the television every morning, and the newspaper was right there in the bedroom. No one would have ever heard of Katie Couric.

And I, fathead that I was the other morning, would not have seen Couric make that frowny face that every television reporter must learn in newscaster school, and say, "That really stinks" - her expression of outrage at a Glamour magazine claim that women make 71 cents per each dollar that men make.

Couric went on to ask one of the magazine's editors for tips on how to ask for a raise. The editor, Jill Herzig, replied, "Be determined and aggressive," and concluded, "Glamour's advice is, `Get in there. Be bold.' " Before you boldly go in to do your part for gender equity, consider that this is advice coming from a magazine that recently featured the article, "Your Best Butt - 4 Sure Ways to Get It," as well as, "Romantic Hair" and "What You Can and Can't Accomplish Through Skin Care Alone." But apparently best butts and romantic hair are not sufficient publicity vehicles for the editors of Glamour, who decided to edge in on the sisterhood angle. Unfortunately, they chose to climb aboard the weary pay-gap story. It's one of those incomplete facts taken to a conclusion, like saying that workers in Cedar Rapids make less than those in Tokyo, so Iowans are discriminated against. The complete fact is that we are arriving at a point of wage equality. In those cases where the average woman makes less than the average man, it is because that average woman puts in fewer hours of work per week and/or has less experience. Glamour ought to be celebrating this great victory for women: There is little, if any, wage discrimination left, and some recent studies show young female professionals slightly ahead of their male counterparts. …

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