Why do we think that women can’t possibly make as much money as men?
I have received a number of emails, comments and remarks in the past asking me casually what I do for a living to make this kind of salary.
My answer is that I don’t talk about it, and I am a business consultant.
This is where people start getting nosy, and asking: No, but what EXACTLY do you do?
Obviously as an Anon, I am not about to tell you where I work, what I do and everything else. I can talk about my finances in detail, precisely because I am Anonymous.
But really, I am just not going to tell you.
A lot of people usually respect my request for privacy and back off, but then you get the occasional troll-y comment that says things like:
Oh she must be a high-priced escort then.
She travels all over the world, she is in ‘business’ and she makes a lot of money.
Think about it, people!
Put it all together!
She’s obviously getting paid for sex!
RIGHT, BECAUSE ESCORTING IT’S THE ONLY PROFESSION THAT ALLOWS WOMEN TO MAKE MONEY
(Note: Please recognize the heavy sarcasm in the title above)
I am slightly amused when I read these kinds of comments with people (rudely) speculating what it is I could possibly be doing, mostly because I guess I should be flattered that people think I could be a high-priced escort, not having even met me or seen what I look like 😛
The more salient point of discussion for me is:
But why the hell can’t women be possibly be legally and professionally making as much money as men?
There are women CEOs out there for instance. Out of the 500 companies (Fortune 500), only 12 of them are headed by women, most notably:
- Indra Nooyi – CEO of PepsiCo
- Carol Bartz – CEO of Yahoo!
- Ursula Burns – CEO of Xerox
- Irene Rosenfeld – CEO of Kraft Foods
- Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook (okay not a CEO, but close)
NO, SHE MAKES IT OFF BLOGGING
Or I get other comments that say:
Just admit it.
You’re making all this money off the internet by writing articles and blogging.
I don’t even know where to begin with this one, other than laughing in disbelief.
If you think people who write articles for sites, and who blog, make $20,000 a month, why don’t you give it a try and let me know in a year how it goes?
Of course, there are always exceptions — some people are so incredible, that they actually do that. I am not that incredible.
From all the years of blogging, I calculated that made a grand total of approximately $3.37 for every hour I worked on blogging.
I could have made $10 an hour flipping burgers!!!
So no, I am certainly not making my living off blogging or selling anything on the internet.
WOMEN CAN BE SMART TOO!
I’m interested in knowing why people immediately jump to the conclusion that since I’m a young woman freelancer who makes a lot of money, I have to be in the sex trade because that’s the only way young women can earn lots of money?
Are only men who are older considered smart enough to make that kind of money?
Of course not!
I just think it probably isn’t common, which I acknowledge, but then again, how common is it really for late-20-year-olds (men or women) to be making the money I’m making?
So why jump to the conclusion that it has to be because I’m a woman, it has to be for sex?
If I were a guy, would it be different?
I daresay that a man who says he makes that kind of money, won’t have comments like: Oh you must be a gigolo then.