This is fascinating:
The lessons of Louise Mensch’s departure? There are none
That women, more often than men do, put marriage and or children ahead of career provides no lessons for us at all.
There is absolutely nothing we can learn about the dearth of Cabinet Ministers who are female, CEOs who are female, leaders at the top of our society in all fields who are female, from the way in which a millionaire novelist decides that kiddies come before a political career?
I agree absolutely that we can have very interesting discussions about whether women ought to place such different weights upon things. But that is a normative discussion. It simply is a fact about our world that on average women do weigh these matters differently than men. And that difference does explain from some to all of the “gender achievement gap”. That very phrase being silly for the whole point is that many women decide that career achievement isn’t life achievement in a manner different than the way many men do.
We’ve an example here of one of the most privileged women on the planet (not to be snarky or anything but definitely in the top 0.1%, maybe higher, of all the people on Earth) making a decision about the life work balance. And we’re supposed to swallow the calumny that this means nothing at all for our study of the life work balance more generally?
Tosh I say. And Ptah! as well.
And that the piece was written by a woman who made a very similar decision, one to leave a senior editorial post to go freelance as a result of kiddies just adds to the joy of the argument.