There is a lot of talk about equality between women and men, for example the same salary for the same type of job. This is something I agree on strongly. However, it is not very easily achieved but there is a quick solution. If women add some experiences that make them compete easier with men, their work will get paid.
Katja Geiger did this. She moved back to Sweden in 1953. She was ill but had a dream to continue her Katja of Sweden design career. With experience in the US and different countries in Europe, her experience was of a more international status. On top of this, her husband was an American film producer who could not speak Swedish. They decided to move back to the south of Sweden where Katja was born. The cultural differences could not be more challenging.
A year later, Katja started a co-operation with the textile factory MMT in Malmö. The city had a long tradition in textile production since the end of the 19th century and the manufacture was prosperous for the city. MMT could produce the cloths Katja had a desire to design. The co-operation became successful and last until 1975. She had a total control of the whole production process and made 2-3 collections per year.
With her experience and total control, Katja managed to increase her business and made it profitable for herself and MMT. She started with a small commission that increased rapidly. After a few years she earned more than the MMT Director. She even made it to become the highest paid woman in Sweden for a while. And this was in the 50th…
Katja of Sweden biography, Mode och design utan gränser – en biografi, by Katja Geiger and Lars Åhlander
Malmöföretagen – förr och nu, by Rikard Smitt