One of the current cause celebres of the woke illiberal elite is the Gender Pay Gap. The problem of wokeness is that its proponents look for problems and injustices everywhere, and find them even where they don’t exist. This is the purpose of Critical Theory, originally developed by Max Horkheimer of the Frankfurt School, which has morphed into post-modern intersectional theory in the 21st century: the notion that society is plagued with interlinking injustices against an ever growing collective of minority and victim groups.
The fact is however, in Western countries, the so-named minority and victim groups have never had more freedom, opportunity, wealth and equality. Women have all the rights that men do, and in some instances, they have more.
Under the ‘Violence Against Women and Girls’ program being implemented in the UK, women who make accusations of sexual assault against men, must not simply be given a fair hearing in court, they must be believed. The Domestic Abuse Bill currently going through Parliament will strengthen this concept. This has created a bizarre secular inversion of Sharia law. In Sharia law, the testimony of a man carries more weight than that of a woman; in English law, currently the testimony of a woman carries more weight than the testimony of a man in some cases.
Another demand of fourth wave feminists is equality of outcome of pay. The fact is that there is complete pay equality at the lower and middle levels of work, for men and women. Up to about £50,000, they receive equal pay for equal work. This has been law in the UK since the Equal Pay Act 1970. This is entrenched in pay scales for workers in the public sector.
There are two main reasons that women earn less on average than men:
Firstly, women have children and want to spent time with them after they are born. This is entirely natural: more women choose to stay at home to look after children than men. Thus, many women take a career break, and some decide that after such a break for maternity, they do not want to go back to work full-time. They often decide with their husbands or partners to divide their roles along traditional lines with the husband going out to work to 'bring home the bacon', and the wife staying at home to be a homemaker and bring up the children.
Thus, some women finish their careers altogether if they have a husband who earns enough, and some go back to work part-time or go into less stressful work than they were doing before they had children. More women do part-time work, and more men do full-time work for this reason. This is entirely natural, but causes women on average to earn less than men.
The shrill fourth wave feminists will never admit it, but many women find that positive externalities of leaving full-time work and being a full-time mother and housewife more than compensate for their technocratic demand of ‘equal average lifetime working hours and earnings’ for men and women.
Secondly, more men push to higher career levels than women. Very few of the 'Me Too' brigade who whine about there being fewer women than men in the boardrooms of profitable, successful business are willing to put in 15 hours a day, 350 days a year to build and maintain the success of such businesses and increase their profits in a fiercely competitive markets. For those that can and wish to do so, the opportunity is there for them, and they deserve the same praise and financial rewards as men, but more women than men decide that the stress and competitiveness at the higher levels of business is not for them.
The Gender Pay Gap is an entirely fabricated problem which demands equal outcomes for men and women, many of whom wish to choose different but complimentary life roles. There is complete equal opportunity in Western nations, and this is more than enough for any right-minded person to be satisfied with. There is already equal pay for equal work. The attempt to socially engineer equal pay for unequal work is profoundly illiberal, and destructive of both tradition, nature, fairness and choice.
The Gender Pay Gap, then, is nothing more than a cultural Marxist political hammer to deconstruct the traditional family and the role of full-time mother, housewife and homemaker, which is a choice that many women choose and relish.