As we read every day of shocking reports on gender pay gap, we often wonder why stark differences still persist despite women in Western countries are now better educated than men.
Big banks and bluechips are the worst offenders
The worst performers on gender pay gap are big banks. HSBC admitted to 60% gap (Guardian 16.03.18), Barclays stands at 48% (The Times 8.03.18).
Blue chip companies and big accountancy firms are similar, with KPMG at 42% (The Times 9.03.18) and Hammerson at 41.1% (The Times, 13.03.18). What about institutions like Church of England? 40% (The Times 2.08.17). Hold on to your seat: when we consider only top earning individuals, men outstrip women by 4 to 1 (The Observer 11.03.18). Women also spend 60% more time in unpaid work (grocery shopping, elderly, etc.).
Inequality and exploitation are the sociological ingredients of economic liberism
Women will never be able to fill the gender gap in this system, because the system is built upon inequality and exploitation.
It is not a coincidence that women leaders are just as prone to gender stereotyping (The Sunday Times 18.06.17) – to succeed in this world, you gotta play by the rules. As Simone de Beauvoir wrote in “The Second Sex”: “Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth.”
How to fill the gender pay gap
Women are not fully aware of their value, therefore are unable to project it clearly and strongly into the world.
One of the main reasons – certainly not the only one – is that we are profoundly ignorant of how our body and mind work (here called body and mind literacy), and also because they have taught us history and religion as if the divinity had not been female for over 10,000 years, as if women in pre-History time were not also lone travellers and those spreading culture and technology.
We need a period revolution. We need to take responsibility. We need to be profoundly aware of our cyclical nature, to be free, to enfold our full potential, to change the rules of the game. Men are cyclical too.
Linear economy, linear thinking, competition, perpetual growth, the cult of reason and social image need to be re-balanced, and those who are deeply connected to their cyclical nature will receive thriving new visions and build new rules.
Most have civil rights, political rights, religious freedom, education, science and money (even with the gender pay gap). This is what the Dalai Lama meant when he said that Western women are going to save humanity.
Validation of cyclical experience is a powerful door
- Validation of cyclical experience brings fertile inner and outer space for diversity (also good for traditional business, so no excuses!) and well-distributed intelligent perspectives out of the shadow.
- A strong body and mind literacy develops openness to allow nature the space it needs, and fosters a long-term commitment to preventative lifestyles that nurture creativity, focus, social bonding, memory, communication skills, etc.
- Cycles are the blueprint of life, we can flourish through the practice of their influence and rules on our bodies and our perception of reality.