RECENTLY I became aware of a woman with two decades of experience at a senior level in industry, who regularly volunteers for a Catholic-based organisation, and has helped raise more than $50,000 for them.
At a networking event the organisation’s chairman jumped tables to say he had “a great opportunity” for her.
This “great opportunity” turned out to be working two to four days a week for free with a number of responsibilities in a graduate-level position.
It is hoped this “oversight” was an unconscious bias, rather than disingenuous.
In 1995 St John Paul II wrote on the gift of the feminine genius and the need for Church to uphold the dignity, role and rights of women.
Practical aspects of these writings appear to have been lost in the day-to-day operations of some Catholic-based organisations.
Skilled women are not being paid the same as their male counterparts.
As a Church we need to ask ourselves is the pay rate or volunteer expectation of females the same as a male?
If the answer is “no”, is this okay from a moral perspective?
I know a number of talented, highly-skilled, generous and competent women who are often underpaid or not paid for their roles in Catholic-based organisations.
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