Does this ever happen to you?
You take two things you know to be true from different arenas in your life, add one obvious comment, re-combine said facts, and the result is a new reality that feels explosive, but also glaringly obvious.
Here’s one from the other day: Since it used to be that there were very few professions open to women (secretary, nurse, teacher) there were droves of very bright women who became teachers. Hence they could be underpaid and school systems could still get the best of the best. In other words: the economic mess our schools are in is partly due to the fact that women were kept out of the workforce after WWII (the much-loved “family values” of so many conservative folk).
As a clergywoman, I have pushed against gender boundaries all my life.
As the daughter of two educators (mom was a 4th grade teacher, dad a Jr. High principal) and wife of an educator (hi Doug! he is a Tech Resource Teacher in an elementary school) and holding an education credential myself, I’ve known that educators are underpaid.
How did I fail to connect these dots before? I just find it ironic that “family values” contributed to a crisis in education.
The pink ghettos that women inhabit are crazy-making.