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Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Gender Gap Is Good For Babies

The White House Council on Women and Girls issued a report called “Women in America.” In proudly commenting about this report, Obama repeated one of the favorite feminist complaints: that “women still earn on average only about 75 cents for every dollar a man earns.” Well, so what? The American people believe, and federal law requires, NOT “equal pay” (that’s a Communist notion) but “equal pay for equal work.” And women, on average, are not doing work equal to the men.

The scholar Kay Hymowitz has once again demolished the feminist argument. The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines full-time work as 35 hours a week “or more.” Then the Bureau reports that 27% of full-time men work 41 hours or more, but only 15% of women do likewise. Kay Hymowitz then compares various categories and shows how women, on average, choose fewer hours of work and less demanding specialties after they train for various careers such as being a surgeon or a pharmacist. The reason women choose fewer hours and less demanding specialties, and then earn less than men do, is that some, maybe most women have babies, and most mothers prefer the mommy track. Despite the long-running feminist propaganda that babycare is a demeaning life for an educated woman and that this burden, imposed by the patriarchy, should be lifted from their shoulders by government daycare, most women still want time off from a workforce job to be with their children.

The feminists are at war with Mother Nature, and Mother Nature is still winning. Polls show that 60% of employed mothers who have minor children prefer part-time work, and 19% would like to give up their workforce job altogether.

The gender gap the feminists gripe about is a good gender gap because it gives babies what they need, personal care by their own mother.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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