Hopefully this is changing as more women become strong leaders out in industry and fight for equal compensation.
Professional tennis has lead the way in pay for women. Billie Jean King fought tirelessly for equal compensation and the gap there has been narrowed significantly.
Advice to Women (as learned through years of salary negotiations with my candidates): “Don’t ask, don’t get”.
Funny but True
1) Math predicts our kids' future. Mastering high level math means one is more likely to graduate from college, putting aside race and income. The ability to reason and detect patterns allows one to make informed guesses. These skills have rising value in a world in which data and information is cheap and messy.
2) When children fall behind in Poland school, it is treated as part of the learning process. Failure in American schools is seen as demoralizing and is to be avoided.
3) No calculators are used in Poland, rather mental tricks to deployed manipulate numbers. In Korea, math is taught as a language.
3) Most American parents surveyed said that it was most important to finish High school with strong reading/writing skills than math and science.
4) 7 out of 10 kids in 8th grade go to US schools that don’t offer algebra content, standard in most other foreign countries.
5) Teacher training in Finland is very selective, a teaching career prestigious, akin to going to medical school in the US. Elementary and high school teachers are valued like college professors and paid much higher than their US counterparts.
As a technical recruiter I have a solid grasp of the careers that are in demand in today's market. Jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) require tough classes, good study habits, logic and reason, all of which are key to working in a world increasingly run by computers. The good news is that there are plenty of jobs in the STEM sector if you can tough out the curiculum (a B average is OK !). Our children need to know this and start plotting their future with careful course selection, along with relevant work experience. The reward should be a future of steady and well paying work opportunities.