Traveling to work


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20 April 2006

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Gender gap still wide in business travel

The Barclaycard Business Travel Survey found men travel 662 miles (1,065 kilometers) on average each week, compared with women, who travel almost half that amount at 335 miles (539 kilometers).

Women also spend fewer days per week (2.2 days for women compared with 2.5 days for men) and fewer nights a month (3.8 nights for women compared with 4.3 nights for men) away on business.

The figure for women was partly explained by the low proportion of female managers in the UK, which is about 30 percent.

You would think that this would lead to a final mainstream cluebatting of the old crap about women earning less, that refusing to travel far to work or spending time away from home are just some of the many reasons women earn less on average.

However, predictably, there has to be a tone of swaggering triumph in the article about how women are going to “catch up” with men with regards to commuting and business trips, not to mention some entitlement thrown in:

“As women continue to break ‘the glass ceiling’, business travel providers across the board must be prepared to address their different requirements.”

Really? What “different requirements” do women need then?

Women are less likely to travel by car or first class rail and air than men, the survey of 2,500 adults showed.

So they’re not keen on traveling by car, rail or air. Let’s see, what does that leave? Boats? Skateboards?

Maybe give female executives pogo-sticks to get about on, see how the fussy fucksticks like that.

According to the survey, 32 percent of women said they would travel on rail services more often if train interiors were cleaner and tidier.

Strange how these empowered career girls suddenly forget their swaggering grrrl-power female supremacist attitude when it comes to so many things like this: “Ewww, that train is icky and dirty, I’m not getting on it! I’m a delicate petal.”

posted by Duncan Idaho @ 7:44 PM

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