Wednesday, 6 Sep 2006
Today Iâ€™m angry. Iâ€™m not going to go into what exactly has pushed me over the edge, but I will address the bigger issue. Why do companies think that itâ€™s ok to pay women next to nothing just because theyâ€™re working from home? And why do we put up with it? Itâ€™s offensive to me how little some companies pay for what results in a lot of work. If Iâ€™m doing the same work I would be doing in an office, I expect to be compensated at the same level.
Over and over again, I see women undercharge for their products, their services, and their time. They think theyâ€™re being nice, but the folks who are exploiting that arenâ€™t so nice. They say they do it out of love for the business, product, or whatever. I think we need to love ourselves. I know thatâ€™s all well and good when there are children to feed, bills to pay, etc., but how else can we break the cycle?
I donâ€™t have a great answerâ€¦ which is part of why Iâ€™m so angry. Maybe we need some sort of union, or perhaps we need to re-examine the independent contractor laws that allow a person to be paid at less than minimum wage by some sort of weak employment law loophole. I donâ€™t know, but this just needs to changeâ€¦