Ivanka’s Pushing Paid Maternity Leave To Cure The ‘Wage Gap’ on Mother’s Day. So’s Her Dad.
On Mother’s Day, Ivanka Trump took the opportunity to tweet about the so-called “wage gap” between men and women – but instead of recognizing that it doesn’t truly exist, she blamed it on pregnancy and having children. Which, of course, is true, but doesn’t speak to innate sexism in the free market. It speaks instead to the fact that those who spend less time in the workplace earn less.
She tweeted out a piece in The New York Times that admitted as much:
Today, on Mother’s Day, we must confront that motherhood is now a greater determinant of pay inequality than gender. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/upshot/the-gender-pay-gap-is-largely-because-of-motherhood.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&referer= …
The Gender Pay Gap Is Largely Because of Motherhood
Some women work just as much after having children, but employers pay them less, too, assuming they will be less committed, research shows.
The New York Times piece acknowledges:
When men and women finish school and start working, they’re paid pretty much equally. But a gender pay gap soon appears, and it grows significantly over the next two decades. So what changes? The answer can be found by looking at when the pay gap widens most sharply. It’s the late 20s to mid-30s, according to two new studies — in other words, when many women have children. Unmarried women without children continue to earn closer to what men do.
Naturally, the Times suggests that public policy must be changed in order to force men to work less, push employers to cut back hours, or using the government to push paid maternity leave. Which, of course, Ivanka has been doing regularly – and which President Trump suggested on Mother’s Day, too. Trump’s Mother’s Day message stated:
I am committed to working with Congress to help mothers – and fathers – have paid family leave so that childcare is accessible and affordable, and to invest in the comprehensive care that women receive at community health centers. Through these reforms, and my 2018 Presidential Budget, we will enable access to the critical healthcare services women need.
Here’s the silliest part of all of this: if the real gap appears with marriage and children, why would we penalize single women in the marketplace by equalizing all pay regardless of female choice? And why would we penalize the men in marriages, who are helping to support their wives and children, by cutting their pay simply to satisfy the feelings of women who may end up with the same net household pay with or without regulation? Imagine, for a second, that a husband earns $60,000 per year, and his wife used to earn $50,000 – but now, after their first child, she works part-time and makes $30,000. Would it really benefit the family to push policies that would result in the husband being paid $45,000 and the wife $45,000, just so she can spend more time at work?
But legislation makes leftists feel good – and Ivanka is a leftist. It’s disquieting that she has so much power over her father.