Stunning Statistics

In preparation for an interview with Joan Williams, I read her book, Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter. The first chapter, in which she takes issue with the premise of the “Opt-Out Revolution,” arguing that in fact circumstances push many women out of the fast track, is chock-full of depressing statistics. To wit,

  • women earn only 38 percent of men’s wages during their prime earning years
  • mothers earn only 67 cents for every dollar earned by fathers
  • two out of every three of the elderly poor are women
  • women’s average pension benefit is half that of men’s
  • the husband’s private pension isn’t left to his wife upon his death in 41 percent of couples

More to follow . . .

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