Conservative Activist: Women Who Want To Find Husbands Don’t Mind Pay Gap

Phyllis Schlafly speaks during an interview in her office Wednesday, March 7, 2007 in Clayton, Mo. At 82 the matriarch of the conservative movement is showing no signs of slowing down and is still speaking out agains... Phyllis Schlafly speaks during an interview in her office Wednesday, March 7, 2007 in Clayton, Mo. At 82 the matriarch of the conservative movement is showing no signs of slowing down and is still speaking out against abortion and illegal immigrants, still fighting the Equal Rights Amendment and still a thorn in the side of not only Democrats but of Republicans she sees as leaning too far to the left. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) MORE LESS
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Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly wrote an op-ed Tuesday in favor of the gender wage gap — her reasoning being that women prefer to be paid less so that they may marry higher-earning men.

Writing in the Christian Post, Schlafly, the president of Eagle Forum, argued that the “reasons for women voluntarily choosing lower pay are now beyond dispute among those who have looked at the facts.” The reasons she lays out are familiar, including that women tend to pick a college major that pays less in the labor market or opt for reduced work hours.

But Schlafly also puts forward a less conventional line of thinking: that women interested in finding a husband are attracted to jobs that pay less.

From the op-ed:

While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap.

Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate.

Obviously, I’m not saying women won’t date or marry a lower-earning men, only that they probably prefer not to. If a higher-earning man is not available, many women are more likely not to marry at all.

Schlafly goes on to argue the pay gap shouldn’t be maligned since “it helps to promote and sustain marriages.”

“The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap,” she wrote.

Schlafly’s op-ed follows Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) affirmation this past weekend that the GOP has “led the fight for women’s equality.” Blackburn’s comment came in the wake of Senate Republicans unanimously voting to block debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act.

h/t Think Progress

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  1. Avatar for bdtex bdtex says:

    Holy cow. Another great day in GOP outreach.

  2. That’s right. The best way to improve a woman’s life is to get her a better husband. . .

    You just can’t make this stuff up .

  3. Avatar for clk clk says:

    Of course they do, they are those great big Texan’s “little women” they aren’t allowed to think on their own.

    It would never ever occur to them that there are better alternatives than Texan men.

  4. My goodness, just how old is this lady? I remember her fighting the ERA back in the 70’s\80’s - I am shocked that she’s still around.

  5. In other words she is saying women have to be a ’ stay at home mom ’ and not to have a job .

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