Are 'top tier' women succeeding on the backs of the majority?
Friday, October 18, 2013 |
Do the gains for women at the top mean anything for the majority of women? (iStock)
Jian talks to British academic and journalist Alison Wolf about The XX Factor, her provocative book on how the rise of career women has done little for the majority of womankind.
Rather than creating true equality for a global sisterhood, she argues that the gains fought for by the women's movement have resulted in a top tier of highly articulate and educated women who have achieved equality -- but that their success still requires low paid labour, mostly supplied by other women.
Are you a highly educated woman with a job that is important to your identity? If so, have do you consider yourself global elite? Even if you're not a 'class one' woman, what do you make of Wolf's research?