AbbevilleMummy wrote:Extreme sexism (your words) is not being able to vote because of your sex, or not being able to drive, or not being able to leave the house alone, or not having an education, or not being paid the same, or not getting the same opportunities, or being leared at and talked down to, I could obviously go on and on as women have been subject to all this BS for years and still do across the world!
What utter rubbish as regards the U.K. As regards being able to drive, women have always been able to just as much as men. My grandmother was driving in the 1930s. Women have had the same right to vote and the same access to higher education as men for over eighty years. I've already answered earlier in the thread the point about not being paid the same. To use your own language, it irritates the hell out of me when women complain that they are not paid as much as men but don't want to work the hours or do the less desirable jobs that men do - how many women street cleaners do you see?
I would also note the millions of men that were killed fighting in World War I and World War II (as well as ever other war). I don't think any British women ended up getting mowed down on the Somme in 1917. Historically, there have been benefits to being a woman rather than a man and not only disadvantages.
jg75 wrote:I know from experience that it is very difficult when applying for jobs as a new mother as people automatically make assumptions about you. All these things are subtle and difficult to quantify, but I have no doubt that they are often a factor in reducing the pay of women when compared to men in similar roles.
And I know from personal experience that when a new father says that he wants to do a 4 day week so he has more time with his children he is told that it's not possible, but when a new mother asks the same she is more likely to be accommodated. The new father is told that he's not going to be given a 4 day week just so he can have another day on the golf course.