WOMEN ARE NOT EQUAL TO MEN | Stuart Knight

I’m constantly meeting young women who are saying they want to prove that they are equal to men in business and should be in positions of leadership. But my big question is… Why? Why would women want to prove they are equal to men and can be just as good leaders when so many men have lead the world down such a perilous path?

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Paula Brown-Hackett

You make a very valid and good point in the sense that we are different. The challenge in appreciating our differences is that society does treat us differently but not just different there is a lot of inequity that happens – a very stereotypical example is salaries – men get paid more for doing the same job…why??? I agree we are different and we do things differently and that should be celebrated and appreciated but it’s not. How would you get us to appreciate the differences but be just as valued? If women were valued and appreciated as men are in business I think we would celebrate those differences.

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Stuart Knight Productions

You make a great point Paula and I couldn’t agree more. It is so sad that in the world we live in today that woman are not paid equally for work of equal value. It blows my mind that we have not yet moved past this primitive way of thinking. And this to me is one more reason that women should not try to act equally to men because for too long many men have been responsible for this happening in the first place. I think it’s time for women to create an entirely new approach to business that men need to follow for once so that we can end this insanity of inequality once and for all. Thanks for taking the time to be part of the conversation Paula.

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Gabriella

Very refreshing, thank you for the message. Yes, this idea that women = men is clearly flawed. We are different in many ways and cannot be compared. Why are women striving so hard to be “like men”? It clearly sets women up for failure. There is too much comparing going on, and in the wrong ways. For instance, I’ve heard of data that does not support evidence of a gender pay-gap. Below is link for the lady who explores this.

http://scholar.harvard.edu/goldin/home

And here is her article:

http://harvardmagazine.com/2016/05/reassessing-the-gender-wage-gap

I hope the links show up….

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Stuart Knight Productions

Thanks for the comment Gabriella.

I agree with you. For a woman to strive to be equal to a man only assumes that men have figured it out and that women have to catch up. But when you look around the world and see war, global warming, melting ice caps, terrorism, corporate corruption, etc I can’t help but question whether a planet created mostly by men is one that woman would want to prove they can re-create. It’s time for a new world and I think we need women to lead the way to get us there.

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Gabriella

Yes….but I also think that there should be onus on mothers who have sons (and daughters) for what values they are passing on. This whole “blame men” and “men messed up” mentality is becoming cancerous to society.

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Helen Merkis

Stuart, Stuart, Stuart. You are using the word “equal” and then describing it with examples of “identical”. Women can be equal, but not by being identical. The contributions a woman can make to a project can be equal to a mans but not identical. I realize your title is to pull people in to say “oh yes we can, what’s he talking about” so they will listen to your video. Of course all your points are valid, but you should use the word identical. But we both know if your video was entitled “women are not identical to men” that some would probably go “yeh no kidding” and they’d not watch.

Your video was interesting and worth hearing but your title was a cheap shot to get people to listen. I expected more from you.

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Stuart Knight Productions

Hey there Helen,

Thanks so much for joining the conversation and for sharing your thoughts. I don’t think it’s lost on anyone that I used a catchy title to entice people to watch my videos. I put so much effort into producing these videos and the last thing I would do is attach a boring title only to have less people watch them. I’m hoping you can understand that. Hollywood movies do the same thing to get us to watch their films, and surely we don’t feel duped or the need to tell the producers that they should have chosen a more accurate title that represents the content of the film. 🙂 You’re absolutely right. I could have chosen to use the word identical instead of equal. I could have also used words such as comparable, corresponding or proportionate, but I chose to use the word equal. To me, no matter what word I chose to use as a descriptor the point that I was trying to make remains the same. I am trying to encourage women to reassess the goal of proving they can be “equal” to men in business when what men have created in business is not something to aspire to in my opinion. Instead, I think women should carve a better path that men should follow instead of proving they can carve the same one we have. Again, I truly thank you for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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J. Paul Nadeau

Another great message by Stuart Knight. Strive to be great, but not at the expense of health, love and reputation.

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Leyton Collins

The world will certainly become a much better place once prevalence is always based on what is between a person’s ears than what is between their legs.

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José C.

Very utopian perspective, Stuart. I don’t know how realistic it is, but I like the concept you are going for. I had never thought of it that way.

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Stuart Knight Productions

I agree with you Jose. It’s definitely a big goal, but one that I think we need to reach for. 🙂

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