Re: Scorned Feminists

Subject: Re: Scorned Feminists
From: Marilynne Smith <mrsmith -at- CTS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 1996 22:04:00 PST

At 02:13 PM 3/19/96 GMT, John Hedtke wrote:
>Marilynne Smith <mrsmith -at- cts -dot- com> wrote:

>>Tim Alton says:
>>Their contributions to the industry will eventually change attitudes and pay
>>scales, and perhaps, in time, the language. Unknown and unrecorded, their
>>accumulation of merit is, even now, altering the face of the business world.
>>==============================
>>My reply

>>I have a rule of thumb when looking for work: If the writers are all
>>female, look elsewhere. In my experience, an all female writing group
>>indicates lower wages, lower status, and all sorts of negative things. I
>>would also steer *far* away from an all female group where a male is the
>>manager.

>>I may miss a few good jobs with this, but I find my rights are better
>>protected when the manager (male or female) is looking to build a good
>>department with good writers. The result of that type of search is usually
>>a mix of male and female writers.

>>Marilynne
>>mrsmith -at- cts -dot- com
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>>Marilynne Smith
>>mrsmith -at- cts -dot- com
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>Interesting rule, Marilynne. I can definitely see where you would
>have this opinion. I'd like to provide a counter-example.

>As it happens, I was the manager of Technical Publications for a
>department I built from scratch. I had 17 writers directly reporting
>to me (24 total counting some subordinate managers), almost all of
>whom were women (when I quit, there were 4 men in the group).
>Salaries averaged around $40,000 plus equal stock options all around
>-- a strongly competitive wage in Seattle for 5yrs experience at the
>time. I had a 0% turnover for 2 years -- not bad for a high-tech
>company, eh? :)

>Yours Truly,

>John Hedtke

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I might make an exception in your case John. <smile>

Marilynne
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