My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Saturday, February 25, 2006

UK going down the feminist route...

If this is what Gordon Brown is all about, he's going to make a lousy prime minister.
Gordon Brown is to unveil a multi-million pound boost for working women after new, Government-backed research uncovered a huge "gender pay gap".

The Chancellor is determined to use next month's Budget to take urgent action to deal with what he sees as injustice in the workplace, and which is estimated to cost Britain's economy up to £23 billion a year.

The figures have been uncovered by the Women at Work Commission, whose chairman, Baroness Prosser, the Labour peer, will discuss the 40 recommendations in her landmark report with Tony Blair and Mr Brown at Downing Street tomorrow.

The report will claim that while girls outperform boys at school, this advantage disappears in the workplace, with the average woman's earnings 13 per cent lower than the average man's in full-time jobs.

Women in part-time jobs earn 32 per cent less than those in full-time jobs and 41 per cent less than men working part-time, figures which suggest a glaring lack of quality part-time posts for women who return to employment after having children.

The commission will claim that removing barriers that prevent women working in traditionally "male" jobs and increasing overall female employment levels could add between £15 billion and £23 billion to Britain's earnings every year.
This all nonsense. If you adjust salaries for age, experience, etc, you'll find the wage gap just about disappears. But, the biggest problem here is the belief that men and women are interchangeable - the plain fact of the matter is that we are different and men and women will always be attracted to different jobs.


Anonymous Contradictory Ben said...

“If you adjust salaries for age, experience, etc, you’ll find the wage gap just about disappears.”

You seem very confident. Where is the published evidence for this claim in a British context? Research by the Equal Opportunities Commission suggests you are quite wrong (big PDF). Indeed, I think it would be correct to say that most research into wage gaps finds that such statistical adjustments still leave a substantial wage gap.

“the plain fact of the matter is that we are different and men and women will always be attracted to different jobs”

As somebody who defies the stereotypes of your own gender (good for you!), how can you be so certain that differences in nature rather than socialisation account for the particular career choices of men and women? Do you have any scientific evidence that inevitable, innate differences determine career choice, or are you just reasserting your own prejudices? The Women and Work Commission’s report discusses how stereotypes play an important role in career choice, citing, for example, the influence of a TV role model in bringing more women into forensic science (direct link to relevant page of big PDF).

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Contradictory Ben said...

Also, exactly which of the 40 recommendations of the Women and Work Commission do you find so objectionable?

9:09 AM  

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