In his anti-comparable worth letter, Moody states a common misconception: that women prefer "women's work." In truth, the Old Boy Network often keeps women out of the jobs they would prefer. Example:
When I graduated from college, I was refused a number of on-campus job interviews because I "didn't have the right educational background," while a male friend who had taken the same classes with the same grades had no trouble landing a junior manager position with a multinational corporation. I eventually had to take a secretarial position to pay the bills, thanking God that I could type.
After several years of increasingly responsible secretarial positions, I applied for an administrative position requiring client contact, scheduling and organization--all skills I had perfected a a secretary. This time, the reason for refusing me the interview was that "all my job experience was secretarial, and they didn't think I could handle this job." Meanwhile, my friend was promoted to middle management, and on his way up.
Earlier this year, I again applied for a position that required skills that I had developed as a senior secretary, and was again refused an interview because my experience was clerical. The job went to a young man who had recently graduated from college, and apparently had little or no experience of any sort.