Modest Proposal Essay

558 words - 3 pages

March 8 marks the date for International Women’s Day- one of the several profoundly vapid ‘days’, initiated by the UN. And the theme for this year was chosen to be parity- something which the Australian workforce is still yet far from achieving.

Despite years of campaigning for workplace gender equality- the sad condition brought about by the brutal patriarchal system, the latest statistics show that far from improving, the gender pay gap in Australia is actually widening. In fact, Australia is currently experiencing the highest level of gender pay gap in over 20 years. It is a shocking reality ,considering it’s 2016, that women ,on average, are earning as little as 18.8% less than their male counterparts.

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And yet, what support do they get? Nothing. And guess what; their males colleagues, who are pampered by their loving wives, earn almost 20% more than them. How ridiculous is that!

So, without further ado, I shall humbly present to you my very own modest proposal to put an end to our 20-year long battle with the atrocious wage gap, which I hope will not be met with any objections. I propose that women should be given only four career options to choose from, and only women can be employed to work in these occupations. I believe that my proposal will not only close the pay gap, but will improve the overall perception the society has on women.

Once my phenomenal proposal (not trying to be boastful here, but it will certainly keep its word) is implemented in society, the notorious wage gap will finally be closed. How? Because such thing will no longer exist. If women, and only women, will be allowed to work in the four female-exclusive occupations, such comparison ,as the wage gap, can not be made. And moreover, if it is that only women can be employed in these female-allocated jobs, women would have more demand as employers need to employ them for the jobs. A higher demand will mean a higher pay, and women can, finally after 20 years, earn a reasonable wage. A higher salary will mean that single mothers won’t be needing the money from Centrelink and that money can be used to support other unprivileged groups.

The ultimate question is what will these five revolutionary occupations be. After thinking meticulously for days, I have come with four professions which I believe would be the most appealing to women. And for those who are interested, I have conveniently included the ideal types that would be suitable for each of the profession (so you can start deciding on your daughter’s future profession).

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