The Paula Principle: Tom Schuller on why women lose out at work – and what needs to be done about it.
Women now outperform men at every level of education, yet almost 50 years since the Equal Pay Act, they are still under-promoted and under-paid. Innovation expert Tom Schuller highlights two things that should concern us all: a persistent unfairness or injustice in the way education is rewarded; and a waste of proven talent. In his new book he illustrates how many capable women are losing out at work, and that this harms businesses, individuals, and society.
On May 23rd Schuller joins us for a discussion of his fascinating book The Paula Principle: Why women lose out at work – and what needs to be done about it.
In The Paula Principle Schuller identifies five factors which prevent women from achieving their full potential. He argues convincingly that addressing these will not only make society fairer but also make workplaces function more effectively – yet this will only happen if men change their patterns of work and attitudes to careers.
The Paula Principle applies as much to the clerk who does not apply for a supervisor’s job because she does not have the confidence, as it does to the deputy CEO blocked from the top job by covert discrimination or male cliquery. It is a system-wide – or, rather, system-deep – principle, not the top layers only, that we need to focus on if we want to see real change.
‘In a world where women’s work, despite changes in the last decades, is still given less recognition than men’s at every level, and where the gap is closing slowly if at all, it lifts the spirits to find Tom Schuller’s thoughtful book analysing with subtlety and elegance why this might be so. He reminds us, as if we needed reminding, that the problem of equality is by no means solved and needs continually to be rethought.‘ — Ursula Owen founder-director of Virago Press
`Essential reading for anyone who thinks about the future of work; compelling evidence showing how unions help women and men build alternative working lives; and a powerful argument for radical changes to achieve genuine equality.’ -Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC