Previously published in Examiner
Part 6 of the women in the corporate world series
Montreal and American women of the 1960’s and 1970’s could not get to be the boss they could only fill in for the boss
Women did not generally get to be the boss they could only serve the boss. In turn this also affected the salary a woman could make. Generally speaking women had a ceiling on what kinds of professions they could enter with the intention of rising to the top.
The suffragists were champions of women in the teaching field. Traditionally, more women than men were grade school teachers; one good reason is that the salary was less than a high school teacher salary. Even when men did take the position of elementary school teacher they were still paid more. 95% of teachers in kindergarten and pre-school were (and still are) women, while 90% of men in the teaching field even today teach at universities. The opportunities for women in administrative positions such as school principal, or higher education positions were not available in the 1960’s and 1970’s though this area is more open today. Right now there is a shortage of male teachers in elementary schools. Men are not attracted to elementary school teaching in both the USA and Canada, especially because of the lower salaries. Fear of being called on sexual abuse charges is another reason that men don’t want to enter the field but that will be covered in another article.
If you are a working woman in Montreal and want to connect with a working network of women you can contact:
Contacts for Businesswomen
The Women’s Entrepreneurial Networking System