Echidne had a link to an article about sexism, “Are we there yet?” I’ve picked out a couple of quotes that run with ideas I’ve brought up before.

A recent Girl Scouts study revealed that young women avoid leadership roles for fear they’ll be labeled “bossy”; another survey found they are four times less likely than men to negotiate a first salary. As it turns out, that’s for good reason: a Harvard study found that women who demand higher starting salaries are perceived as “less nice,” and thus less likely to be hired.

Look at that. Even the Girls Scouts are noticing it.

The Global Gender Gap Index—a ranking of women’s educational, health, political, and financial standing by the World Economic Forum—found that from 2006 to 2009 the United States had fallen from 23rd to 31st, behind Cuba and just above Namibia. Companies may have incorporated policies aimed at helping women, but they haven’t helped as much as you’d think. “The U.S. always scores abysmally in terms of work-life balance,” says the WEF’s Kevin Steinberg. “But even here, [women] still rank ‘masculine or patriarchal corporate culture’ as the highest impediment to success.” Exhibit A: the four most common female professions today are secretary, registered nurse, teacher, and cashier—low-paying, “pink collar” jobs that employ 43 percent of all women. Swap “domestic help” for nurse and you’d be looking at the top female jobs from 1960, back when want ads were segregated by gender.

Lots of stuff in there about representation in management, and we all know (after the meltdown) the implications for everybody else when you don’t have women running the companies.

Sorry. No flying cars in the near future.

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