Well a tweet by him caught my attention. It linked to a Bloomberg story carried by Yahoo claiming that having children is a bad career move for women. The text of the tweet was:
As if money is the only thing to live forYup. From the guy who wanted men to stop doing the things they enjoyed under the lure of "you'll make more money!"
Rebecca Greenfield reports:
For women, having a kid is a bad career move, and having one as a highly skilled earner is even worse. For each child she has, a woman suffers a "motherhood penalty" of 4 percent of income.According to new research, published today in the American Sociological Review, for high-skilled, high-paid workers that penalty climbs to 10 percent per child.
When you're on the fast track, your wages grow quickly, so taking a break to raise kids carries a greater cost in the long run. Highflying women who take off two years to raise their kids will miss out on projects, raises, and career opportunities that will have a big financial impact down the line.
In a 2009 Center for Work-Life Policy survey of women with advanced degrees or with high-honors undergraduate degrees, 69 percent of respondents said they would not have "opted out" to care for their kids if their jobs had been more flexible.
A Pew survey from last year found that working parents find it difficult to balance family and work life, with 41 percent of moms saying that parenting makes it harder for them to advance in their careers.
For too many people it's like, "Oops!!! We're pregnant! Let's see how this works out!"
As for men, no problem.
They get a fatherhood bonus, an increase of more than 6 percent in earnings for every child they have.
To employers, being a dad signals stability and commitment.
Even in workplaces that offer flexibility, women have reported penalties for taking advantage of the options, such as loss of responsibility or longer hours than promised. For many, taking time off work or even working part-time to care for kids is the equivalent of checking out or taking a vacation.
Once back in the office full-time, working moms face various stereotypes. Research has found that moms get competency ratings 10 percent lower than other women. These perceptions affect earnings.
I strongly support stay-with-kids mothers. I readily agreed for my wife to do that. An employer, however, should be concerned with one thing: Does this employee do what I need them to do? If an employer wants to incentivize job applicants and employee continuity by being flexible with time, that should be the employer's choice. I don't think employees without children should be penalized in the process.
1) Employers want more mothers working because they want more labor from which to choose. Supply and demand.
2) Leftist feminists want more mothers working because empowerment, or something.
3) Payroll Tax-reliant governments and organizations want more mothers working because of the added tax revenue.
4) Many businesses/advertisers want more mothers working so that they'll buy more goods and services.
But what it best for children and families? That's for families to consider. Everything in life is a trade-off. Getting married changes everything. Having children changes everything. And those changes aren't all good or pleasant ones.