Feminists will stop at nothing to feed their perpetual victim complex. Phyllis Schlafly spent years trying to explain to them that women make less money than men on average because women more frequently prefer to work part-time or take more time off to take care of their families. Feminists used to fight against this, but now they think they’ve found a way to use Phyllis’s own logic to feed their pity party. A feminist group called Mirza has rebranded this tendency of women to leave the paid workforce. They are calling it the “motherhood penalty.”
What they call a “penalty,” I call a reality. I know of absolutely zero employers who take it upon themselves to punish women for having children. The first and last responsibility of employers is to make sure the business stays afloat so the employees can keep their jobs and feed their families.
So, when a woman who has been with a company for five years leaves the industry to take care of her child for fifteen years, she should not expect to return and be paid as though she were at the company for the full twenty years. That is not a penalty on motherhood. That is common-sense business practice. Although motherhood is the most valuable profession on the planet, an employee who has been in the industry for twenty years has more immediate economic value than an employee who was in the industry fifteen years ago. The twenty-year veteran is paid more because he has more experience, not because he is a man.
This “motherhood penalty” nonsense is just the latest attempt by feminists to see oppressors behind every bush. If a woman wants to be paid like a man, she has that choice. However, most women choose instead to pursue the noble endeavor of caring for their family full- or part-time. Regardless of what choice women make, I applaud the fact that as Americans they have the freedom to make them. However, it is important to remember that with freedom comes the responsibility to live with the consequences of the choices we make.