“We need to change the culture.”
A phrase commonly heard these days, usually in response to issues of little importance, raised by political correctness.
Most recently, CBC couldn’t help themselves but drum up some controversy by pointing out that, of all Newfoundland & Labrador government employees earning over $100,000 a year, 60% were men and 40% were women.
The thing that really caught my attention here, is a quote from now-former Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Cathy Bennett. When asked about the fact that, in the Department of Transportation and Works, only 14% of the workforce is female, Bennett says “You need to see cultures in workplaces change, you need to see culture around apprenticeship programs change, and those are things that we continue to work on.”
Let’s think about this. The Department of Transportation and Works handles road work and snow-clearing, running the province’s ferries, managing construction of government buildings, etc. Many of these jobs simply attract more men and fewer women. Since we are wasting our government’s time talking about these issues raised by special interest groups, can anybody provide me with a single tangible answer to the question of WHY this is a problem?
What’s wrong with accepting that women simply aren’t interested in certain professions?
Teaching and nursing are female-dominated sectors, do we also need to address gender imbalances there?
Is the Department of Transportation and Works getting 75% female applicants wishing to drive plows, but tossing those resumes in the trash in favor of hiring men? Highly unlikely.
90% of workplace fatalities are men. Do we need to change the culture around this as well?
Capitulating to political correctness is nothing but a waste of time and money. It’s in fashion for politicians to say these things, that we need to change the culture, but I’ve yet to hear a convincing argument. I’m supportive of women entering any career field they wish to. But, when the women themselves aren’t even interested in the job, let’s think more about what’s the “right thing to say” and what simply makes sense.