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