General topic for all things related to the topic of equality and women's rights. I'm a male feminist, if you will, and it saddens and disappoints me that in the year 2011AD, wome are still treated like second class citizens in so many ways. Sexist behaviour, sexual and physical violence, unequal pay, lack of top corporate positions etc etc. owever, are things as clear as some statistics would have us believe? Let's look at my little family as an example. My wife and I were on exactly equal pay before kids. We started a family and she left work 3 years ago to voluntarily be a stay at home mum, and she loves it. She does a far better job with the kids than I could do! By the time 2nd kid is school age she might work part time, but that will be 5-7 years of zero income for herself, thus no superannuation. When she returns it will likely be part time not full time. So how can she expect to earn the same over her career lifetime with a 7 year gap, and say another 3-5 years of part time not full time? However she loves being a mum and is in no rush to return to the workforce. Women are treated poorly in many areas, but some stats are not simply cut and dried. On the topic of unequal pay, I think it's disgraceful that women get paid less for doing the smae job as a man. But playing Devil's Advocate, would I as a boss want to invest 100% in a female employee if she's stated she wants to start a family in 2 years' time? Or would I promote a man who I think has more chance of staying with the company full time? Of course, if nobody ever had children, then as we grow older we'll have no young workers to look after us and be th tax-paying worker bees of the future. Without women, none of us would exist. Mothering is arguably the most important job of all, because a good or bad childhood can have a massive effect on the rest of your life. But western society still seems to view stay-at-home parents as being of lesser value to society. Do you think that society will ever view women as 100% equal?