Let's play a little game. Let's say you're a hard-working working woman. Suddenly, someone walks up to you and hands you a $10,000 check. Well, the truth is, if you're a working woman in America today, you actually did earn that money. It's just that no one ever gave it to you.
Unions' prohibitive collective bargaining agreements' impact on women, and the subsequent restriction of women's opportunities and flexibility, is rarely discussed. Union seniority rules, an unnecessary restriction on pay achievement, and flexibility restrictions are essential points.
Women's empowerment is not about having every opportunity; it's about having the right to choose and define your own way. We will all never agree on the "having it all" debate." But let's agree it's the debate that really matters.
Gender equality in the workforce isn't just about benefiting the women who would receive the wages they deserve, but about benefiting our economy as a whole by providing the kind of skilled, sought after workers that we need to grow.
Given that Jane is likely to live five years longer than Joe -- a range that will get closer to seven years more by the time she reaches retirement, you can see that we have a problem brewing. And it's not a small one.