The Globe and Mail is tattling on the CBC for its penchant for paying the boys more than the girls.
For all the blustering and moral masturbating from legacy media for their various pseudo-Leftish decrees, it was and still is highly prejudicial against women, and pay is just one factor.
Sexual harassment is another factor.
But there are more factors: women do not get treated very seriously. I can speak of my own personal experiences, for instance. I would pitch very serious stories, and just be shooed away, as if gang warfare was some silly thing to get hysterical over. Art crimes in Canada are also a serious problem, but I could not get that published in any Canadian media outlet.
Then there was about the political ramifications of street graffiti, cult recruitment at various university campuses, sentencing disparities between convicted male and female prisoners, and how social media was going to make journalism obsolete.
Those were all rejected — and there were others, as well.
I had the ability, the sources, the evidence, you name it, but every time I pitched something, particularly to a male Canadian editor, it wasn’t just shot down — but always with some sort of jab that I was wildly exaggerating.
And then the problem would explode in the future, and then my concerns were proven to be spot on.
If I were a male, that would have never been an issue. If you don’t take hard news pitches from a female journalist seriously, you will not be paying her as much as you pay your male reporters. I once had an editor who did a profile on me be absolutely baffled that I didn’t have a higher profile, given my credentials and accomplishments. He didn’t get that it was pure sexism that had held me back in my career — and I still managed to do a lot of important work despite it.
And nothing has changed in the business, except it has been destroyed — but that toxic mindset is still firmly in place…