More money, more power, by Esther Attias
At 4.47 pm on November 5, 2019, women will start working for free until the rest of the year. In previous years, those days were November 3rd, 7 or 6. You see me coming. We are stagnating. And at Les Glorieuses, we are no big fans of stagnation.
This is why we are launching Glorious & Cash, a brand new newsletter for womxn who want to start the conversation about money. This newsletter was founded with the mission of helping women close gender financial gaps. Money is power. And there is no feminist revolution if we don’t master the money factor.
Womxn earn 0.80 on the dollar compared to men. This is France, 2019. My neighbor at the bar would probably say: “Come on. Women started working much later than men, you know that” – as I gasp in relief. I should be grateful: he passed on the “womxn can’t carry heavy loads like men so…”. Dear neighbor at the bar, your point is based on so many wrong assumptions. Womxn have ALWAYS worked. In the cornfields, in the coalmines, in big firms.
At what price? While men were paid for their labor, womxn made significantly less, if anything, working the same hours. The industrial revolution increased gender
inequalities and systemically excluded womxn from qualified jobs.
The common belief that womxn massively entered the workplace in the 60s is nothing but a lie. Office jobs did start to feature male and female workers. Historian Sylvie Schweitzer rightly believes we stop using the phrase “when womxn started working” to qualify the 60s. She suggests we use: “when women started working with equal rights to men.” (Les Femmes ont toujours travaillé. Éditions Odile Jacob, 2002.)
As women were denied political rights, they were deprived from their financial power. This is over. Our aim is to reach equality in the workplace at (nearly) all costs. We need to talk money, economics, leadership, power, business and start-overs. No money, no power.
Glory & Cash offers tips to become smart entrepreneurs, investors, workers and consumers. You will also read inspiring stories where womxn make loads of money – not necessarily using their $$$.