Monday, September 23, 2013

2075 Gender Moments

Read an interesting couple of articles the other day. They both have to do with the plight of women when it comes to gender equity in the workforce. That glass ceiling they talk about when it comes to women trying to be among the highest wage earners. Or just money earners generally. There was good news and bad news. 

The good news was that the highest paid person on television is a woman. She's paid about $47 million a year on her daytime TV show. The second highest paid performer is a man. Jon Stewart as a matter of fact, who makes about $30 million doing the Daily Show. Apparently, his not real news show pays higher than the real anchors make on network news. Viva la satire.

But lest you judge him harshly, consider that the highest paid person, who I'm assuming you thought earlier was Oprah, is instead Judge Judy. Yes, Judge Judy, who does a semi-not real courtroom show, rakes in nearly $50 million dispensing reality show verdicts.

Viva la faux justice. 

Of course, this is just paid wages. Oprah and others have vast amounts more each year coming in from other enterprises. But at least it's honest. Another article I read shows the glass ceiling firmly in place in a place you might not expect. White-collar crime. 

According to the American Sociological Review, only 9% of the people involved in high level financial conspiracies are women. Female white-collar criminals also profit less than males. Most made only a tiny amount, while a third of the males pulled in more than a million before getting apprehended.

So women still have a way to go to break through that ceiling. Until then crime only pays on one end. 

Just ask Judge Judy.

America, ya gotta love it.

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