Not that Victoria Coren is ever going to face a gender pay gap

She is, rather annoyingly, rather too talented for that. However, here’s a decent explanation of why the gender pay gap does occur:

I’m not complaining about the time spent. That’s how I wanted to spend my time. Different people react to parenthood in different ways. Many of my closest friends, who love their children immeasurably and certainly as much as I love mine, need space from them. Quite apart from the financial imperative, they need for their own sanity to create separate professional achievements, maintain separate relationships or just have quiet days off.

That’s not how it’s been for me. To my surprise, it turned out that I find childcare infinitely interesting. It’s more rewarding than anything else I do and there’s no real peace or pleasure in being away from her. I’ve kept working a bit, but only to try and have some sort of skeleton career going for the future.

Don’t forget the gap is measured as an average. And it only requires some women to react to parenthood in this manner, more women than men do, for that gap to open up.

9 thoughts on “Not that Victoria Coren is ever going to face a gender pay gap”

  1. OT but I think I could live with this, as reported in today’s Telegraph:

    Reports from Brussels have claimed Brexit negotiators want anything between €60 and €100 when the UK leaves to cover EU payments already agreed.”

  2. £0.00 is the only acceptable figure.

    And Druncker and Verstadt get beaten up as part of any deal.

  3. @Mr Ecks

    The Class A economic war criminals should be hanged so that their victims in Greece, Italy etc can see justice done.

  4. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I imagine David Mitchell is pretty minted too, given how often he pops up on panel games.

  5. I would like to attest that I’m one of those people that has found raising our kids to be enormously interesting. I’ve pissed away a good chunk of a really promising career (and, don’t worry, I still do way more than just go through the motions) to be a good dad and a fine parent. I have no idea if it was a good investment or not, but it’s been … hmmm … what’s the right word … immensely engaging.

  6. Interesting. Just read the previous post where Tim remarks that he’s not much of a tinkerer.

    I am. With all things. And I think that might be part of the reason I’ve found being a parent more engaging than others might.

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