The Pink Ghetto

Published On December 21, 2013 | By Joseph (Ken) | Business, Economy

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Canada’s gender pay gap: Who is to blame?

“It’s hard to believe pay equity is still a goal to be reached in a developed country such as Canada.”  Very true.

“The gender pay gap is also said to be the result of women historically choosing lower-paying professions such as nursing, retail and childcare, dubbed the “pink ghetto.””

The Pink Ghetto is “term used in the US to refer to work in the job industry that is dominated by women. The term was coined in 1983 to describe the limits women have in furthering their careers, since the jobs are often dead-end, stressful and underpaid. Pink ghetto can also describe the placement of female managers into positions that will not lead them to the board room, thus perpetuating the “glass ceiling”. This includes managing areas such as human resources, customer service, and other areas that do not contribute to the corporate “bottom line”. While this allows women to rise in ranks as a manager, their career eventually stalls out and they’re excluded from the upper echelons.”

My favorite quote from the articles is ““Men tend to overestimate how they will perform and women tend to underestimate how they will perform,” says Sandberg in a blog post earlier this year.”, as it is very true.

Part of the problem is our “internal glass ceiling” – those internal doubts which hold back both men and women. The above quote speaks to the idea that, as a group, women are more likely to underestimate themselves than men.

A good follow up article is How To Recognize Your Internal Glass Ceiling

“Only by becoming aware of your own holdbacks, those Unconscious Allegiances and/or Forbiddances that create unconscious obstacles to the success you desire, can you shatter those internal glass ceilings and move forward.”

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Joseph (Ken)
(Ken) is a Registered Public Accountant with over 25 years of public practice experience in the accounting profession. Ken specializes in accounting information systems, taxation and financial reporting.

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