Despite the fact that New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. cited an “issue with management in the newsroom” as being the underlining reason why Jill Abramson was suddenly dismissed, the controversy surrounding her exit has many women wondering if more discussions are needed about sexism, wage gaps and the view of women in the workplace.
Carly Fiorina, a Global Ambassador for Opportunity International and former Hewlett-Packard CEO, said on “Meet the Press” that “Women remain the most subjugated people on the earth.”
Katherine Phillips, the incoming senior vice dean of Columbia Business School, stated on the same program, “There’s a double standard. There’s a lot of backlash when a woman speaks up, when she’s assertive and confident; that doesn’t happen if a man does the same thing.”
Do you agree? Have you noticed a double standard in the way women in executive positions are treated or accepted? If so, do you think it is time for gender equality and should there be equal pay for everyone? If not, why not?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the nation’s 67 million working women hold nearly half of today’s jobs. In fact, “women have increasingly become the primary breadwinners for their families,” the report said. Regarding the wage gap between women and men, the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau reported that 50 years after the enactment of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, “equal pay between women and men remains elusive.”
When broken down by race, the pay gap becomes even more startling. Under “The Real Cost of the Wage Gap,” the Labor Department revealed, “From the start of her career to the end of it, the average, full-time Asian working woman stands to lose about $315,000 and a full-time White working woman, $440,000 as a result of the pay gap. Black and Hispanic women stand to lose much more — about $717,000 for Black women and $854,000 for Hispanic women.”
Explaining why families in America cannot afford this enormous pay gap, the report said women’s lower earnings mean they “will likely collect less from Social Security, less from a pension, if she has one, and will have less money in the bank or invested in financial assets than she would have absent the wage gap.”
Question: Do you feel the God who created men and women, and their will to work, meant for women to be given less wages than men? If so, take a closer look inside His Word and notice at 1Peter 3:7 that Christian wives are portrayed to their husbands as “your equal partner in God’s gift of new life.” — New Living Translation. Other translations call them heirs along with their husbands.
Isn’t it true that God gives the same free gift of eternal life to women as well as men — proving that He favors no gender over the other? This helps us to understand why God’s Word tells us at Galatians 3:28, “Faith in Christ Jesus is what makes each of you equal with each other, whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a free person, a man or a woman.” — Contemporary English Version.
The Good News Translation reads, “So there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free people, between men and women; you are all one in union with Christ Jesus.” No wonder Jesus treated all women with the same dignity as men — never excluding them from his company (Mark 14:3-9).
Husbands are told at Ephesians 5:28, “To love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.” — New King James Version. That being the case, should Christian men think it proper to discriminate in any way against women? While there are several obstacles standing in the way of gender equality in the workplace, should one of those obstacles be a God-fearing, conscientious Christian? Is that what Jesus would do?
More details may surface about the dismissal of the woman who saw the New York Times win eight Pulitzer Prizes under her management. Yes, we all make mistakes and some people are given more leeway to correct their mistakes than others. That may depend on how well we treated others and how easy we were to get along with.
On May 21st, Abramson stood before the 2014 graduating Class at Wake Forest University and shared with them a piece of advice that is valuable for both sexes. She said, “It meant more to our father to see us deal with a setback and try to bounce back than to watch how we handled our successes. Show what you are made of, he would say.” Words to live by.
In this world, women can break through the proverbial “glass ceiling” only to have to cover their heads from the shattered glass falling.
But during the “new heavens and new earth” that we are awaiting, according to God’s promise at 2Peter 3:13, the God of justice will bring an end to all double standards, discrimination and wicked domination as women of every race, tribe and nation will join their male counterparts in experiencing the “glorious freedom of the children of God.” Romans 8:21. — New World Translation.