for some reason, i'm not allowed to post a reply to the glass escalator thread, the gist of which is that white males are given preference over females and persons of other races, so i'll put it here:
[font=times]a decade or so ago, my dear husband and i, both nurses, took a travel assignment and moved to a new city. within days, i decided that i really wanted to work at the big city hospital where the sickest patients were sent. i put together an polished an impressive resume and the perfect cover letter and went off to apply to the icu at big city hospital. i interviewed and was hired, to start at a date two months in the future when our travel contract was completed. dh waited until the travel contract was completed, then decided he'd like to work in the icu at big city hospital also. he called up, spoke to the manager and went in for an interview the next day. he was also hired, to start the same day as me.
i had five years more nursing experience than dh, i had experience with the same patient population as the icu at big city hospital, and i had a bsn and a master's to dh's adn. we were hired at the same salary. from the first, i was involved in education and special projects based on the work i had done in my previous position. dh worked his 12 hours and went home. as we came off orientation and seniority became important, i noticed that dh was listed as senior to me on the seniority list. both the assistant manager and the manager were dumbfounded when i asked why. we started on the same date, but i was hired first.
the career ladder in the icu at bch was well-documented. in order to advance from rni to rnii, one had to work in the unit for a year, complete a project, join and become active in a committee and attend two seminars on your own time. i completed the project, joined and became co-chair of a committee and attended the seminars. yet at my yearly evaluation, i was not given the advancement to rnii or the 5% raise that came with it. i was told to "keep on doing what you're doing and we'll see next year." dh was given the advancement and the 5% raise even though the only one of the objectives he had completed was working on the unit for a year. he hadn't started a project, joined a committee or signed up for the seminars. it wasn't that i had screwed up or gotten into trouble, although dh was written up twice.
about a year and a half later, i was given the advancement i had earned and the raise. by this time, dh had had three subsequent raises, each based on a percentage of his (now higher) salary. ten years passed. by now, he is making more than a dollar an hour more than me . . . and i still have more education, more experience and am more involved in unit projects. in frustration, i asked him what i was doing wrong. "you're not a white male," he said.
so there you have it. the glass escalator is alive and well at big city hospital.