The Tellygiraffe reports today:
My heart bleeds for these women who are either so numerically illiterate or wont to disregard facts in order to push a divisive and disingenuous political falsehood.
The gender pay gap for people under about 30 is now non-existant – as admitted in the Guardian. Beyond that, the gap is accounted for by women taking time out of the workforce to have families. Before they start families they are out-earning men, having been more likely to attend university.
Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, which campaigns for gender equality, suggested more senior roles would go to women if they were offered on a part-time, or job-share, basis. “Unless there is good reason not to do so, that should be a company’s default thinking,” she said. “Sadly, the opposite is true: once you get to a certain level, it’s a full-time role, which excludes many women from roles they would be perfectly capable of doing.”
And there’s the rub. High level positions demand ever more commitment and lack the flexibility that more junior positions can often enable. You can’t be a part time CEO, Finance Director, prosecuting Barrister, MP, entrepreneur etc. The world simply does not work that way. Those not able or prepared to make the necessary sacrifices would always be overtaken by those who are.
No-one is complaining of the corollary by the way, whereby because many women cannot reasonably juggle senior positions with raising a young family, their male partners work twice as hard to succeed, with the onus to provide financial support for their families being a more or less sole burden once their partner is rasing the family.
So here’s the answer: Any woman who believes that she is working the rest of the year for free, should take the rest of the year off. For these are the women who are so consumed with a deluded and destructive agenda that they probably cause more problems than they are worth in their workplaces. Productivity is unlikely to be impacted by their absence. Improved workplace relations and team effectiveness are likely to prevail in their absence.
And they when they return to the office in January, tell then to sod off again. The world owes them nothing.