By Olivia Pierson
The Emancipation of Women is one of the great Western values which defines the daily character of our modern democratic nations.
Today, March 8th, women from more than 40 nations are staging a strike from work to march in the name of underscoring women’s power within global economies - as if anyone would ever be allowed a moment to forget.
And women wonder why men on average make more money! When is the last time you heard about a bunch of men going on strike in order to draw attention to how much women take them for granted? (Yes, I know there is an International Men's Day, but it doesn't quite seem to get the same traction.) Men tend not to do things like this because they tend not to see themselves as victims, which is part of their winning formula in the workforce. Women, however, often play the victim card as if it is an art form and everyone falls over themselves to support them in this endeavour.
When it comes to female liberty in the opening decades of the 21st Century, Western women have never had it so good. Every single profession and trade is open to us, becoming a mother and having a career is supported by society in the form of paid maternity leave, and we are protected by law from sexual harassment at the hands of men in the work place. But still women stamp their feet because they perceive that they are treated unfairly.
Everywhere I incline my ear I hear the term “gender pay gap” as if it were actually something real. Women, and the wimpy appeasing menfolk who encourage them by referring to themselves as “male feminists” (ugh!) bandy about this peecee term as if it is something to be proud of.
Let’s clear this up - there is no gender pay gap. Men and women make different career choices for themselves and on average perform unequally because we are motivated very differently. The high paying professions such as Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering and Chemical Engineering attract far more men than they do women. The lower paid professions like Nursing, Social work & Early Childhood education are overly represented by women to a massive degree. If you average out the male versus female pay packets between all these professions, of course men are going to be earning more than women, but that has everything to do with volitional career decisions, not some structural bias from bogeyman male oppressors.
For women and men graduating from universities in the sciences, any structural bias actually heavily favours women. In order to appear “gender diverse” high paying positions in big corporates are held open for female applicants with similar qualifications as male applicants. This is society bending over backwards to try to help women into positions of power in big business. Yet, the narrative from the media, which consistently parrots the modern feminist agenda, never acknowledges this fact.
It is also a fact that when men and women are employed full time, men on average will work more hours of overtime per week and take less leaves of absence than women. Men will not need maternity leave and will not cut back hours in order to oscillate around children’s day care and school routines. From an employer’s perspective he is more productive than she is, therefore a higher value.
The operative word in all this is the word “average.” This is how the so called pay gap is calculated, by concluding that comparing average wages between men and women tell the whole story. They don’t. They do not factor in hours per week worked, educational differences, areas of speciality, the ability to be on call at the drop of a hat and the factor of danger in the work place ie: construction work and heavy machinery operation. When all these variables are taken into consideration when calculating any discrepancy between what the different genders earn, it has absolutely nothing to do with gender and everything to do with personal choices made along the way of one's career path.
The self indulgent choice to miss work and go on strike to celebrate International Women’s Day by trying to show what a ‘Day without a Woman’ means just goes to show how widely these choices run in women. I should warn women though not to overplay their hand with this - to many men a day without a woman and her whining ways may be nothing but a gift. Some men may even realise that they want more of them. :-)