Would having more men in the occupation make being a nanny a more prestigious and better paying occupation?
In our discussions about domestic workers rights many nannies have commented on this blog that nannies and other domestic workers are among the poorest and most mistreated workers in the nation.
Historically, there has been a pecking order of hiring according to gender. Society judges what jobs are suitable for men and for women.
Through the years, the best paying and the most prestigious jobs have gone to white males. The poorest jobs, in terms of pay and of prestige, have been delegated to females and the most menial jobs going to minority women. It may not be intentional, but the structure of unmerited advantage still exists.
According to the International Labour Organization everywhere in the world, regardless of the degree of socio-economic development, the vast majority of domestic workers are women: 90 to 92 percent of the domestic work force comprises of women and girls.
Our question to you: Would having more men in the occupation make being a nanny more prestigious and better paying?