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Reply #29: I understand all that. But it is very hard to do anything about it. [View All]

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Kipling Donating Member (929 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-18-06 03:36 PM
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29. I understand all that. But it is very hard to do anything about it.
In my capacity as a manager at a brewery, I am often given the job of recruiting workers. I have often faced the horrific dilemma of choosing a man for a job who is the best applicant, or a women who was just a little behind on confidence and ambition. It's very, very difficult. There's no way to tell whether they are genuinely not as good, or just being held back by low self esteem or biased education. I also find that men tend to want jobs more - women often seem to almost expect to be turned down, which makes it very tempting to do so even if you know they have been beaten back by experience. I have usually chosen the most able and experienced applicant, who is sadly all too often male, unless a female applicant seems to be held back purely by low confidence.
The only answer I can think of is affirmative action to force open the door to women while they are young and still have a chance.
Maybe I'm just prejudiced.
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