There’s a chance you saw a funny sight while enjoying your hot beverage of choice this morning: flocks of winged pigs snorting up the skies. While the formerly scorching pits of hell saw temperatures dip into the negative numbers. Yesterday The Young Turks, notorious slingers of leftism and all its pervasive mistruths, actually explained that more than anything, a woman’s choice in child-raising or career-pursuing affected her income. Not, as it seems, rampant sexism in the workplace.
The Young Turks cited this New York Times article:
But the recent study reveals a twist. When women have their first child between age 25 and 35, their pay never recovers, relative to that of their husbands. Yet women who have their first baby either before 25 or after 35 — before their careers get started or once they’re established — eventually close the pay gap with their husbands.
Is there an echo in here, or have we said the exact same thing for years? A woman’s choice, to be a mother or a professional, affects how she’s paid as a professional. If she puts her career before babies, she gets paid more in her career. If she puts her babies before her career, she gets paid less in her career. Actions and results. Cause and effect. They apply in the workforce. Who knew a person leaving the work force for any set amount of time would see their overall career affected by it. It’s almost like common sense.
Note that no one has ever docked a woman’s choice to stay at home with children. Well, except angry feminists who dock a woman’s choice to stay at home with children. Being a mother is a laudable, beautiful choice. But an employer, who needs experience and results in business, won’t be as interested in a woman’s experience as a mother in a place of business. That’s not sexism, it’s just reality. Though how to deal with a toddler’s temper might have work applications.
The years between 25 to 35 happen to be both the prime career-building years and the years when most women have children.
Jordan B. Peterson has discussed this pressure women face at length: years 25-35 are exactly when one gets their career going, but also the best biological window to have children. Women who work through those years see a huge financial payoff, but may miss out on the child-bearing window. And women who choose babies will miss out on the profit-reaping window.
But the choice is still up to the woman. It’s not rampant sexism which explains the pay gap. A woman’s choice explains the pay gap. Can we stop blaming sexism in the workforce for at least this issue? Please?