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 . . .