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Don't Have Kids, Have a Masculine Name, and More Tips for Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

Don't Have Kids, Have a Masculine Name, and More Tips for Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

By Lindsey Lanquist

The current state of gender parity is a complicated thing. Though income equality between men and women is higher than ever (!!), women still only make 79 cents for every man’s dollar. So WIRED took a look into why this discrepancy still exists and offered some satirical solutions for solving it — all the while highlighting the absurdity of this persisting discrimination.

Their first tip? Skip having kids. The average woman sees her salary decrease by 4 percent after she has kids, whereas the average man sees his increase by 6 percent. You might also consider hiding your gender, WIRED says, because resumes with male-sounding names lead to more job offers. Cool. Another tip was to simply ask for more money, because women tend to ask for $7,000 less than men. That said, women who request raises tend to be viewed as “demanding” or “hard to deal with,” so it’s kind of a pick-your-poison scenario.

WIRED‘s next tip was a little less tongue-in-cheek: Work for a woman. The company pointed out that in entertainment, male directors only hire female writers 8 percent of the time and female cinematographers 6 percent of the time. With female directors, those numbers rise to 52 percent and 26 percent, respectively.

That wasn’t all. WIRED also pointed out that women were 50 percent less likely to gain entry into an orchestra if their gender was revealed during their audition (findings that prompted many orchestras to introduce a blind audition process).

WIRED‘s video highlights the problematic state of gender parity today while poking fun at how ridiculous the persistence of the gender wage gap is. Obviously no woman should have to forego having children or hide her gender in order to get a job, so when will collective society catch up?

Watch the video here.

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