Opinion

Gender gap will exist for many more years

The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186.
The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186. JULIAN SMITH

OKAY, I simply cannot allow Kathy Sundstrom's article on International Women's Day (Daily, March 11) go without comment.

I agree with her when she says "My sons and my daughter deserve a future where gender isn't an issue".

However they will not see that happen in their lifetimes.

The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186.

So tell me how is it fair that a woman, and say it is your daughter, Kathy, of equal ability, training should not be entitled to equal pay or right of advancement in her work environment?

IWD is not just about equal pay it is about our rights and acceptance as equals in our society.

Equality in the workplace sends the message to men and boys that women are not as worthy, valued or respected in our society.

 

There is a day to celebrate our men and boys. November 19 is International Men's Day.

It would be wonderful for men everywhere to make the most of their day and celebrate their achievements, highlight issues affecting them and for women to join in and show how much we appreciate them.

Yes, Kathy, "As women, we should be proud of all our achievements, not only working ones" and that should apply to men as well.

ROBYN DEANE

Bli Bli

Topics:  gender gap international men's day international women's day kathy sundstrom


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