Daily Mail strikes again

The Daily Mail strikes again. And the title says it all: “Can love survive when a woman earns MORE than a man?” You can find the piece here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1249768/Can-love-survive-woman-earns-MORE-man.html

It starts by saying: “It’s a seismic social shift: nearly half of women are paid as much as or more than their man”. ‘Hooray!’ we think – finally all the fighting for equal rights is perhaps beginning to pay off. However according to the Daily Mail, “it could all end in tears” and “the truth is that we don’t know whether to feel triumphant or dismayed”. That’s certainly news to me!

Here are some other gems of information:

“Many [women] are working simply because their families need their income, and increasing numbers are finding themselves accidental breadwinners because men’s jobs have been hit far harder than women’s in the economic downturn – a phenomenon dubbed the ‘mancession’.”

“If the past 40 years have been all about women entering the workforce and boosting the economy, the next 40 will be spent dealing with the social, personal and family consequences. And that may be the hardest part of all.”

With the struggle of breaking the glass ceiling that women still face, it’s disappointing that articles like this are still written. All it does it turn women’s success into a negative, when it’s an achievement we should be celebrating. What’s more the article states that only 19% of women earn more than their partners with another 25% earning the same – that means that around half of the women in the UK still don’t earn as much as their partner.

As the article states, “social attitudes are still trailing far behind”. But they won’t improve when we’re still reading pieces like this.


4 Responses to “Daily Mail strikes again”

  1. Tina Says:

    I just read this, and have to say I thought it made some good points. it DOES say we should celebrate women’s achievements, but that they’ve happened so fast they’ve had a big impact on our social and personal lives that we’re still negotiating and trying to make work. I think your comment that we ‘should’ see our gowing success only as an umitigated triumph is naive. Of course it’s a brilliant thing, but it’s also complicated. we do better to engage with that complexity than pretend it doesn’t exist.

    • Zendo Deb Says:

      “they’ve happened so fast they’ve had a big impact on our social and personal lives that we’re still negotiating and trying to make work.”

      So we should put the struggle for equality on hold, or hold back our own success because after 150 years of fighting for equal rights (the 1st woman’s rights convention held in the USA was in 1850 – don’t know about the UK) because some people haven’t thought about the impacts of equality?

      Exactly how long should we wait for equality?

      And obviously we haven’t gotten there if work is still divided into “boys and girls work”)

      And yes, life is complicated. Relationships are more complicated than waiting for prince charming to show up. Here’s a thought… maybe women shouldn’t base relationships only on the earning potential of perspective mates. Maybe there really are things more important than money. Maybe the divorce rate will fall.

      Maybe equality is a good thing even if it is complicated.

  2. Leonorah Says:

    Ok don’t shoot me, I thought I would offer my two cents worth. Although I agree largely with your analysis, I think that we have to acknowledge that one real outcome of women’s success in the work place is going to be the change in families – as highlighted in the article. Now, it depends on your outlook whether you view this as a good or a bad change. I definitely agree that this shouldn’t be a reason for holding women back in the careers but we should be aware of the negative effect it can sometimes have for the men in our lives.

  3. Maggie Berry Says:

    Thanks for all your comments! I do agree that this change is going to have effects on people’s lives, and I thought that it was an interesting point. I just think they could have portrayed women earning more as a positive that we’re going to have to negotiate, rather than something that could “end in tears”.

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