The Wife Drought" is basically everything I would love to scream to the world and more. Crabb perfectly encapsulates just how much inequality exists between working men and women in terms of employment, salary and career success. And the bottom line? Women need wives. Pure and simple. We need partners who are willing to stay at home or work part-time; partners who can get the kids ready for school, cook dinner and help out with the housework. There are far too many women working full-time, juggling housework and also being the primary caregiver for their children. These women aren't able to stay out late for after-work drinks, often missing out on crucial workplace networking. They aren't able to stop everything at the last minute and dash off to an important conference or get that report in a week before deadline because the boss needs it early.
Women in Australia still get paid, on average, 17% less than men (Workplace Gender Equality Agency). And only 3% of the ASX200 CEOs are women (Australian Census of Women in Leadership 2012)! Yet the majority of university graduates are female...? The figures are actually insane.
And I'm not saying, 'Oh, every woman should read this book and realise just how hard done by they are! Whinge!'. No, I think men AND women should read this book. I think men AND women should educate themselves on the gender gap and be mindful to ways they can equalize it. I think it's important for women to try and achieve their dreams and climb the career ladder if that is what they want. And I think men shouldn't be afraid to take the role of the primary caregiver/the part-time worker if that is what they want. I think both 'husband' and 'wife' stereotypes should be challenged. As Emma Watson pointed out at her address to the UN, "Men, gender equality is your issue too."
You can buy Annabel Crabb's "The Wife Drought" here for $34.99