107. Managers

“Speaking of your managers, I’ve noticed a little something.”

The Lord nestled in on his couch. “Ask away, sister.”

“Okay. Well now, every time you mention one of your managers, I’ve noticed it’s always a male. Are there any female managers?”

He sat up straight. “Um … no. I guess there aren’t any, now that you mention it.”

“But you told me that women are just as capable as men, I’m assuming that applies to beings on the heavenly administrative end of things, doesn’t it?”

“Well, yes. Of course it does, but…”

I interrupted. “So is there a glass ceiling at work here, Jeff? Is there only so high that you’ll allow females to rise among the ranks?”

He started to bluster. “Well, of course not. Women have just as many opportunities in the organization as men. It’s just that when the management positions became available, the most qualified candidate happened to be a man!”

I rested my face in my hand. “Dude? Every single time?”

“I know it’s hard to believe, but it has to be either a man or a woman. The probability of it being one or the other is just 50%. That’s not so hard to believe, is it?”

“So there has never been a woman who is more qualified than the men you chose?”

He tried to sound confident. “Never!”

I kept pushing. “And why do you think that is?”

“Well … … … there are other jobs that the women are better at that the men just can’t do. You know, clerical stuff, cleaning the offices.”

My face was back in my hand. “Oh, dude!”

“No, really. You can’t expect the men to do that stuff! And the women are just so much better at it.”

“Seriously, dude. Do you hear the things you’re saying?”

And the back-pedalling began. “No. Wait! See, there didn’t used to be any female staff. They were all at home raising the kids. Now that they’re just starting into the work force, they’re just not qualified for the management positions. But they are really good at the jobs they have.”

I shook my head. “Please tell me this isn’t the official word. Please tell me there is something else to say on the topic.”

“I need to talk to Lucifer about it. He’s the HR Manager, after all. I’m sure he knows the official policy reasons behind these hirings. Can I get back to you on that?”

“I wish you would.”