Phyllis Schlafly

This is all in line with feminist goals ever since Betty Friedan's 1963 book invited homemakers to escape from the home, which she labeled "a comfortable concentration camp." And don't forget that the most credentialed feminist of all, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, wrote in her 1977 book "Sex Bias in the U.S. Code" that the concept of husband breadwinner and wife homemaker "must be eliminated."

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 whines: 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, (set ital) not (end ital) "equal pay" (that's a Communist notion), but "equal pay for equal work." And women, on average, are not doing work equal to men's.

The scholar Kay Hymowitz has once again demolished the feminist argument about wage discrimination in a new article in the City Journal. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, defines full-time work as 35-hours-a-week "or more."

The BLS reports that 27 percent of male full-timers have workweeks of 41 hours or more, but only 15 percent of females do. Hymowitz says statistics and comparisons of various categories 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 of them have babies, and most mothers prefer the mommy track. Despite the long-running feminist propaganda that baby care is a demeaning job for an educated women and that this burden, imposed by the patriarchy, should be lifted from their shoulders by the taxpayers, most women still want time off from a workforce job to be with their children.

The feminists are at war with Mother Nature, and she is still winning. Polls show that 60 percent of employed mothers who have minor children prefer part-time work, and 19 percent 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 most -- personal care by their own mother.


Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
 
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