Considering the date of the letter, the content is not that surprising. What surprises me, though, were the comments it solicited:
"Simply amazing;" "Scary;" "Unbelievable;" and "The world sure has changed, and I'd say for the better."
Whoa. That's a hell of a lot of self-congratulatory back slapping to digest all in one sitting.
I work in the creative arts, and there are lots and lots of women in my line of work. As a matter of fact, I work in one of the few fields in which there are just as many women as men in positions of all-consuming, soul-corrupting power.
That's part of the reason why, when I was offered this job, I told my friends I felt as though the mother ship were calling me home. After spending so many years during which all my bosses and most of my coworkers were men, it was a real thrill to imagine myself working alongside other women--women just like me--day in and day out.
But then the other day I heard a statistic that stopped me dead. Someone tried to tell me that women today make roughly 75% the salary as men employed in the same position. That statistic had to be wrong, I said, because it was the very same percentage I quoted in a sociology paper I wrote in undergraduate school in the early 90s.
So I looked it up and you know what? The statistic is correct.
So is the one that claims 200,000 more degrees were awarded to women than to men in 2005.
So, yeah. Simply amazing. Scary. Unbelievable.