Sweden is considered as one of the most progressive and gender-equal countries in the world. But still, women earn a quarter of a million dollar less than men over the course of their work life.
According to statistics – at current pace – it would take more than 100 years for women’s salary to equal men’s. Waiting is not an option; something is needed to be done.
So, what a woman should do to get equal pay as a man? Kommunal, Sweden’s largest union, has the answer to the all-important question: Be a man.
Kommunal launches a campaign which is basically a protest against gender inequality in Sweden. How things work? Women should go to Beaman.se to have a ‘temporary sex change’ and have their photo transformed into a man using Be A Man’s very own Facebook app.
This satirical International initiative will become the world’s largest protest against unequal pay, strategically started on The International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th, 2014.
So, what’s wrong with Sweden?
According to Annelie Nordstrom, Chairwoman of Kommunal, it’s a disturbing reality that, despite the fact that Sweden is among the world’s most equal countries, Sweden still ‘hosts’ unequal pay between women and men.
Ms. Nordstrom says, “It’s sad that Sweden is considered to be a global example of equal pay, given how far we have left to go. Therefore we want to do something on a global scale to improve the situation for women everywhere.”
You can learn more about the campaign on http://beaman.se/
This campaign highlights one of the most troubling realities in the business world. Women are often regarded as less-significant than men when it comes to earning ability – either as professionals or as business owners.
If in Sweden, one of the most gender-equal countries in the world, pay inequalities are still a major problem, I can’t imagine how things are much worse in other parts of the world.
So, what’s my opinion, you might ask?
I personally perceive women as equal partners in business. I continue to ‘preach’ that I would rather dealing with women than men in business. I like assurance and ‘play-by-the-rule’ policy in any business deals and so far, I trust women more than men, especially in those areas.
What do you think? Are men deserve to be paid more than women?
Martin Lindeskog (@Lyceum)
As an individualist and American in spirit – born in Sweden – I have the following statement to make on International Women’s Day: same pay for same work, but it is up to employer to decide. And it should not be intervened by an union. The union leader mentioned in the post is earning SEK 1,083,418 / year. How much do you earn as a small business owner?
Thanks for sharing your opinion! Indeed, it’s up to the employer to decide… unfortunately, things are not so good in where I live. I don’t know how things will impact European/North American, but in Asian developing countries, women deserve better treatment, at least in term of pay.