The great engine of wealth creation.

".... the pay gap between women and men is largely a result of family responsibilities. The earnings of single childless women, on average, are over 95 percent of those of single, childless men: but married mothers earn, on average, only 60 per cent of the pay of married fathers.

Parenthood burdens fathers too, albeit less heavily. .... a ... competitive society in which adults have to compete for jobs, .... wage increases .... People who are currently living with dependent children must compete with all those who are childless .... spreading their time and energy between working and caring .... They do not compete on a level playing field." - Patricia Hewitt and Penelope Leach, Social Justice, Children and Families, pub. IPPR, 1993, page v.

"Single men currently [1986] have median incomes less than 10 per cent higher than those of single women, who are alleged to be hobbled by discrimination, even though single men work longer hours and in general tend to use their earning capacity more. Yet they are 30 per cent more likely to be unemployed.

Married men, however, earn some 70 per cent more than singles of either sex." - George Gilder, Men and marriage, pub. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, 1986, p63.

 

 

Men Women

Single 1.0 g, h1 1.0 g, h1

Married 1.7 g, h2 1.0 h2

 

There is a remarkable correlation between the Gilder figures (1986 USA) and the Hewett figures (1993 UK), which are identical as between single men and single women. They are also identical as between married men and married women.

Gilder (g) cites and cross-compares the three figures suffixed with a g. He does not cite married women.

Hewett cites the two single figures (h1) as equal. She also cites the two married figures (h2) in the same ratio as does Gilder; 1.7 to 1.0. She does not compare the single row with the married row, because that would destroy her case, which is that children disadvantage the earning power of their parents. She does not have the concept of the married man as the outstanding engine of wealth creation, generating vastly more wealth because he has children; indifferent to Hewett's "Parenthood burdens fathers ...." (same page) which cripples the earning power of mothers. It is clearly lack of children which cripples the earning power of both single women and single men. Only mothers ignore the imperative to earn enough to support their children, leaving it to their husbands or to the state to provide for their children's needs. That is, we are clearly seeing the concept of marriage as a meal ticket for life in these figures, not as oppression of wives. The only possible interpretation of the figures is of married mothers being malingerers, and the current feminist initiative being to use their unwillingness to earn, to give unfair advantage to both single and married women. However, these Harriet Harman initiatives, re New Deal for Lone Parents, can only be carried out if the implication of the figures is suppressed.

Ivor Catt 3may98