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Eagle Forum September 7, 2011

Yes, Virginia, there is a gender gap. In fact, there are two gender gaps: one bad and one good.

The bad gender gap is that the biggest losers in the Obama economy are men rather
than women, a fact that is bad for men, for families, for the federal deficit
and debt problems, and for the health of the U.S. economy. Men have lost twice
as many jobs as women.

The 9.1 percent unemployment figure is not a good measure of the problem. The most
important factor is that 20
of American men (one in five) are not in the workforce.


Those 20 percent are not all included in the unemployment figure. Some have just
dropped out of the count and are no longer looking for a job, maybe depending
on the paychecks of their wives, girlfriends, or parents; and some are drawing
disability (a number that has doubled in recent years).


Most adults can remember the days when we had an economy where a man could work a
job, professional or blue-collar, that paid well enough to support his wife as
a full-time homemaker and buy a house for his family. Since millions of those
good jobs have been outsourced to China and other low-wage countries, the
husband is now lucky if he gets a $10-an-hour job and sends his wife out to
look for a job.


We've lost an average of 50,000 manufacturing jobs every month over the last ten years. We
are now supporting 44 million Americans on food stamps.

I hope
men are not counting on President Obama's much ballyhooed Jobs Plan to get them
back to work. Our first feminist President, Barack Obama will always toady to
feminist demands, such as when he responded to their public tantrum by giving
women the majority of his Stimulus jobs.


The National Economic Council report called "Jobs and Economic Security for America's Women"

recites some of the many ways the Obama Administration is getting jobs for women. The report
promises that President Obama "is committed to continuing the push for an
economy that provides economic security and jobs for America's women."


You read that right. The Obama Administration is committed to finding jobs for
women, not men, a goal that is steadily pursued by sex-based affirmative
action, grants to feminist organizations and for feminist projects, and
means-tested welfare that subsidizes non-marriage and makes husbands and
fathers irrelevant. The U.S. now has 41 percent illegitimacy, which means
taxpayers rather than husbands are supporting the kids.

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


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, NOT "equal
pay" (that's a Communist notion) but "equal pay for equal work."
And women, on average, are not doing work equal to the men.


The scholar Kay Hymowitz has once again demolished the feminist argument about wage
discrimination in a new article in 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 likewise. Hymowitz reports statistics
and comparisons of various categories and 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 babycare 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

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 most need, personal care by their own mother.

See Also:

Why the Gender Gap Won’t Go Away. Ever.

Women prefer the mommy track.


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