Agnes Scott Speaker: Women Execs Seek Pay Parity

Kay Krill tells graduates that career opportunities have improved for women.

told graduates last weekend that women's career opportunties have improved, but they still have not achieved equality in compensation.

The college website described Krill's commencement address on Saturday:

“When I graduated from Agnes Scott, the professional workforce was very male dominated, and today, 35 years later, we have achieved equality in the workforce, but not parity in compensation,” Krill said. “We now hold 54 percent of management positions, which has doubled from 1980, but sadly, female CEOs represent only 3 percent of the Fortune 1000 companies.

“The path was paved for all of you by the many assertive, smart, passionate women who wanted to make a difference, who wanted to contribute, who had great talent … Speak out, have a voice, share your opinions and ideas. The world needs to listen more to smart, insightful women like yourselves.”

Krill graduated from Agnes Scott in 1977. She went on to an executive career in the retailing sector.


Ms. May 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Considering we recently had a national debate that was peppered with little gems like calling women prostitutes for wanting more support from their healthcare plans, and telling them to simply be happy putting aspirin between our knees, it's clear we have a long way to go. Women would be able to stay in their career roles longer, and make more headway overall, if they didn't find themselves having to choose between having a family or a career.
Decaturette May 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM
In my experience, it's people without children in the home, even parents whose children are now grown, who now are unsympathetic to working parents. Not so much sexism as familyism. Instead of helping the new generation of parents, those who toughed it out in the bad old days are saying "I managed without ever leaving early or teleworking...."
Ms. May 16, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Hey now... I don't have any children. (I haven't ruled it out either.) But I do see the value in women continuing to work, and it's value for her and her children, if that's the choice she wants to make. A happy mom secure in her choices, is good for everyone, not just her immediate family. But there's absolutely some of that, that you mention. During the school start times debate, the common theme was "I turned out fine, what's everyone whining about." But just because we managed, doesn't necessarily mean that was, what was best. We have new information, and there's no reason to rule it out simply because most of us didn't go to prison or die on our way to adulthood.
Decaturette May 16, 2012 at 05:14 PM
And many women work part-time or full-time to be able to afford a home and life in nice places to live, with good school systems, like Decatur, or to pay for private school where the schools are not so good. I would love to be a stay at home Mom but I wasn't born wealthy and neither was my husband. The good news is that many women earn more than their spouses; the bad news is that their incomes are necessary, not supplemental.


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