“This challenge is one I don’t take lightly,” said Ng, 51. “When I got into this business, it seemed unlikely a woman would lead a Major League team, but I am dogged in the pursuit of my goals.”
As news of Ng’s hire reverberated around the baseball world, the same question was repeated: What took so long?
Ms. Brainard’s data-driven approach and quiet persistence have allowed her to maneuver effectively even while staking out a minority position at the Fed. That skill could make her an attractive pick for the Treasury’s top job. So could her experience as a former Treasury official who played a leading role in European debt crisis and Chinese currency deliberations.
Her daughter went on to become an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, memorialized in Norman Rockwell’s famous painting “The Problem We All Live With” which depicts a tiny Ruby in a white dress carrying her notebooks and a ruler surrounded by much taller U.S. Marshals.
She built her first robots and learned the building blocks of coding in kindergarten. In fifth grade, she took soldering lessons during recess, then pressed her parents for her own soldering iron. For fun in middle school, she tried to replicate the gadgets she loved in “Spy Kids” and “Back to the Future.” By high school, she’d been to enough coding camps to become proficient in HTML, CSS and Python.
Unlike “equal pay” — the concept most often used to address gender pay disparities in the United States — the concept of “pay equity” doesn’t just demand equal pay for women doing the same work as men, in the same positions. Such efforts, while worthwhile, ignore the role of occupational segregation in keeping women’s pay down: There are some jobs done mostly by women and others that are still largely the province of men. The latter are typically better paid.