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Jakarta Post

A fair platform for women academics

  • Delita Sartika
    Delita Sartika

    Lecturer in Literary Translation and Cultural Studies at Jambi University

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 21, 2017   /  01:21 pm
A fair platform for women academics Female to male professorship is at a concerning 1:10 ratio. Even for those exclusive 10 percent, the management ladder is a tough battle they can rarely win. (Shutterstock/File)

The gender pay gap has reached Hollywood. At the Academy Awards, for instance, a number of actresses have revealed in their victory speech that they earn significantly less than their male co-stars for exactly equal roles. While the gender pay gap is real, the general root of the problem — the gap in competence and productivity between genders — should be dealt with comprehensively. To say that women are less competent and productive than their male colleagues may sound like a discouraging statement that put women further in a disadvantaged position. Yet, it is necessary to fully comprehend this fact before relevant authorities can act to close the gap. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati spoke at the GE Women’s Network Luncheon on April 13 in Jakarta about inequality faced by career women. As expressed in her Facebook post regarding the event, the minister ...

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