Women are on track to earn the same as men

It’ll only take about 200 years or more!

A December 2018 Bloomberg report said that the global pay gap between men and women “has improved slightly.” Isn’t that heartwarming after several decades? The reality is that pay levels are still so far apart, that it’ll take 202 years to reach equity, according to the World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Gender Gap Report. Those figures are just a small improvement over 2017, the report added, where the gap widened for the first time in more than a decade! I mean, is this 2019 or 1919?

However, from all this archaic thinking have emerged two heroes – Dr. Harvey R. Levenson (Ph. D. Professor Emeritus at Cal Poly) and Randy Radosevich (CEO of Allen Press in Lawrence, Kansas). Levenson recently authored a new whitepaper on gender and diversity in the printing industry, and how Allen Press took unprecedented action not only to ensure gender equality within its own company, but within its vendor community too. Radosevich sent a letter to its vendors requesting signed testimony that they practice gender equity in salaries and hiring practices. And, if such a letter wasn’t received by a certain date, those vendors would be dropped as suppliers. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is!

A couple of years ago I attended an awards ceremony at Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management in Toronto. I reported that 70% to 80% of these award winners—and future printing industry workers—were women! So my advice is this: Any printer would look inept if he or she used old equipment and outdated processes. It would be equally precarious to use old-fashioned thinking when it comes to hiring practices and pay equity. My friends, the ranks in our graying profession are changing quickly. Get used to it. Your competitors definitely will. Or perhaps, since it’s taken hundreds of years and we’ve made little progress, why not just reduce the pay of all men to match that of female employees? What do you think? Sounds fair to me!

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.