Gender pay gap is perpetuated by teenage girls who want jobs that pay less, study finds

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in December 2017:

Our thanks to Stu for this, a piece in the Telegraph by Camilla Turner, Education Editor. The start of the piece:

The gender pay gap is perpetuated by teenage girls who want jobs that pay less, a major study has found. [J4MB: What a twisted presentation. No teenage girls ‘want jobs that pay less’. They want jobs they’ll find rewarding on a number of fronts, and these jobs (with some exceptions e.g. medicine) tend to pay less well, due to issues of supply and demand.]

While teenage girls have higher aspirations than boys to attend university, their male counterparts tend to aspire towards professions with bigger salaries, according to research by University College London (UCL)’s Institute for Education. [J4MB: In part due to women’s hypergamy. I cannot recall that EVER being mentioned in such articles.]

Professor Lucinda Platt, one of the authors of the study co-author, said that the findings highlight the “importance of recognising the role of both boys’ and girls’ choices in perpetuating labour market inequalities”. [J4MB: What’s that, professor? Gendered differences in job preferences lead to consequences? No shit, Sherlock!]

She added that teenagers should be “encouraged and supported to think beyond gender stereotypes” and consider a full range of future career options. [J4MB: They’ve been ‘encouraged and supported to think beyond gender stereotypes’ for decades, e.g. £30 million has been spent encouraging more young women into engineering, with little success. Decade after decade, the government has been trying to push water uphill with a stick. When it fails, as it always does, it sees the problem as the water, or the stick, not the challenge itself.]

The end of the piece:

For girls, the most popular jobs that they said they aspired to were the medical profession, a secondary school teacher, a singer, the legal profession, a vet, a nurse and a midwife.

For boys, it was a professional sportsman, a software developer, an engineer, the army, an architect and a secondary school teacher.

Both genders tended to favour jobs where the workforce was dominated by their own sex. Boys chose occupations with an average workforce that is 74 per cent male, while girls chose jobs where women make up 59 per cent of the workforce.

Dr Sam Parsons, a co-author, said he was surprised to find such “gendered differences” in young people’s aspirations. [J4MB: He was surprised? He must then be a blithering idiot, as so many ‘academics’ working on gendered issues are.] He said: “Despite aiming high academically and professionally, girls still appear to be aiming for less well-paid jobs.”

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