Tom Harford, in his recent article for Life & Arts on October 21st, discusses the negative impact of allowing “greedy” jobs on women’s earnings. While he focuses on high-paying jobs, the practice affects women who work part-time as well. This has far-reaching consequences for women’s careers at all levels and can have long-term effects on their lives.
The stigma associated with part-time work can limit women’s career opportunities and undervalue their qualifications and competences. This is not only unfair but also serves as an irrational barrier to women’s performance, given that they now outperform men educationally in many OECD countries.
To address these issues, it is crucial to go beyond just tackling “greedy” jobs and consider the broader impact of part-time work on women’s careers. This requires recognizing the need for changes that will create more equitable opportunities for women in the workforce.