And here’s your gender pay gap right here

Laura Trott: ‘I won’t juggle my career and having children’

As long as the choices which parents make differ, on average by gender, then there will be a difference in incomes, on average and by gender.

15 thoughts on “And here’s your gender pay gap right here”

  1. Bloke in Germany in Israel

    It’s not really a choice you have to make as a sportsperson. Your career is coming to an end at about the age everyone else’s is getting started.

  2. @BiGiI: have you actually read the article? Its about an Olympic champion, who is 24, so nowhere near the end of her sporting career, indeed potentially just hitting the best years, who is saying she wants to have kids and become a stay at home mother. Now. Not in 10 years time. If she isn’t at Tokyo in 2020, and is sat at home with her kids watching her husband compete instead, I suppose that will be down to sexual discrimination and the glass ceiling according to you then?

  3. And what a gender pay gap:

    “The only inequality in their relationship comes from Trott’s breadwinner status: she has amassed several sponsors including Adidas and Always, whose gender equal #LikeAGirl campaign she supports, while Kenny relies on the £65,000 National Lottery funding given to elite athletes.”

    He wins more medals, she wins more cash – wonder if the Guardian will rail against the blatant inequality? And what kind of insanity can say #LikeAGirl is “gender equal”?

  4. SE, they will win every marketing award if they increase their market by 100%, though I’m struggling to imagine a way Ms Trott could persuade men of their need for Always’ products. Rifle shooting in wet conditions is about the best I can do.

  5. Bloke in Germany in Israel

    @Jim,

    Yes I did read it. She wants to procreate now, good for her. But she is someone who already has those lifetime achievements under her belt at such a young age. What’s giving up another Olympics or two when you already have medals? Or having those olympocs and tje kiddies later?

    Options that most people do not have because the career peak is later.

  6. Yeah, what BiGiL says. Plenty of women would kill for that career path. One does wonder whether women wouldn’t be better off starting their families before starting university, rather than a decade after graduating.

  7. Andrew M & BiGiI, you appear to be equating her career to riding a bike competitively; my immediate thought on reading Tim’s post was that that’s just the entrée, and that the real career is in sponsorship, presenting or ‘being a media personality’. So I was completely unsurprised to see the passage I pasted above. That she’s sponsored by a feminine hygiene company and yet still has the courage to break the taboo and talk about her period tells me she could easily continue her career through motherhood, perhaps with a column in the Guardian, if she could manage to sound a bit less cheerful.

  8. “he wants to procreate now, good for her. But she is someone who already has those lifetime achievements under her belt at such a young age. What’s giving up another Olympics or two when you already have medals? ”

    Thats not the point. Its that she’s not doing the same as the man. He’s going on, more medals more glory. She’s happy with what she’s achieved, and wants kids and hearth instead. In that little vignette lies why in a society thats got as much equality of gender opportunity as its pretty much possible to achieve there will not be equality of outcomes, because the genders want different outcomes.

  9. Bloke in Germany in Israel

    @jim,

    Not every woman of 24 wants babies now, or indeed ever, for that matter. Your thinking they should want that I’d wishful.

  10. “Not every woman of 24 wants babies now, or indeed ever, for that matter.”

    Which is why the West is full of forty-something women bored of their dead-end job in HR and desperate to have kids.

  11. @BiGiI: are you really that stupid, or just missing the point on purpose because you don’t like the implications of it?

    Who said all 24 yo women want babies? No-one did. The point is that women (at whatever age, as long as its a child bearing one, or point in their career) are a) more likely to want babies than men and b) more likely than men to give up their careers in order to have them and look after them. Thus the free choices of many (maybe not even 50%) of women to prioritise children over careers will impact the career paths and earnings of women vs men. Its not that complicated. I know you don’t want to have to admit that the ‘gender pay gap’ is actually down to women’s free choices over careers vs motherhood, but the evidence is staring you right in the face.

  12. Bloke in Germany in Israel

    Jim, I am entirely convinced that the pay gap is due overwhelmingly to reproductive stuff. I don’t know where you get the idea that I think orherwise.

    The overwhelmingly male commentariat here does really seem to know what is best for women (usually starting and ending w ith said commentariat’s collective penis), but of course a woman with an opinion on men is a cultural Marxist feminazi harpy.

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