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Young, Successful, Well Paid: Are They Killing Feminism?

Posted on Mar 29, 2006

This new crop of high-earning female professionals marks an “end to the millennia during which women of all classes shared the same major life experiences to a far greater degree than men,” says an expert.

Today’s crop of ambitious businesswomen will earn just as much as their male counterparts but will also kill female solidarity in the process, concludes a controversial UK academic report.

The Guardian:

Chiara Cargnel wants to have it all: a high-flying career and a successful marriage. So far she is halfway there. At 26, she is an investment banker in London working over 70 hours a week and earning more than 80,000 a year. Cargnel, like many other young women, is excelling in a world many thought governed not by their rules, but by rules set and enforced by men.

For the first time in history these ‘elite women’ can succeed in any career they want. According to a remarkable thesis that has blown open the debate around feminism, sexism and the future role of women, a new generation of bright, rich professionals have broken through the glass ceiling and have nothing to fear from the men around them. They will be just as successful.

The thesis was expounded in a highly controversial article for Prospect magazine by Alison Wolf, a professor at Kings College London and author of Does Education Matter? She argues that the meteoric rise of this new generation of ‘go-getting women’ who want high-powered, well-paid jobs has dire consequences for society. Wolf says it has diverted the most talented away from the caring professions such as teaching, stopped them volunteering, is in danger of ending the notion of ‘female altruism’, has turned many women off having children - and has effectively killed off feminism.


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By Jane, March 30, 2006 at 4:57 am Link to this comment
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Women never will be as successful as men as long as we stick to the supposed maternal instinct, which gets manipulated by men for their advantage. The good news is that we, women, are changing and changing fast. We want the right to choose because it is a symbol that we are not even afraid of killing babies in our own wombs. No more maternal instinct that got us no where for the past 10000 years.

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By donnad, March 29, 2006 at 8:41 am Link to this comment
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Women final succeed to gain the goals of feminism and this means the death of feminism? Well, I guess abolitionists had nothing to do after the slaves were freed either. However, just because a few women are able to make it to the top does not mean we have reached true equality.

We need feminism more than ever in an age when a bunch of old white guys in the White House and State governments enjoy nothing more than signing bills to take away a woman’s right to choose.

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By Joe, March 29, 2006 at 6:05 am Link to this comment
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I fail to see how not wanting to reproduce is killing feminism…

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By Travis F. Smith, March 29, 2006 at 4:31 am Link to this comment

Success is its own pitfall sometimes.

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