[The following is an exact transcript of this podcast.]
So I’m having dinner with my two-year-old son. When he clears his plate, he says to me, “Get in the kitchen. I want more.” Get in the kitchen, I want more? I should have been appalled. But I’d just read a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology. In it, scientists from the University of Florida showed that men who hold a more traditional view of women in the workplace earn more than those who don’t.
The scientists asked more than 10,000 men and women what they think about “a woman’s place” at work and at home. And they compared the participants’ earnings. Turns out that men who, like my toddler, feel that a woman’s place is in the kitchen made an average of $8,500 more a year than those who believe in equal pay for equal work. And women who believe in traditional gender roles make $1,500 less than their liberated sisters.
For old fashioned gals, the smaller checks may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. As for the guys, maybe men whose wives stay at home can afford to be more aggressive in their pursuit of high-paying jobs. Either way, I hope my son keeps up the good work. Because he’s gonna be supporting me when I retire.
—Karen Hopkin, assisted by Christopher Hopkin