“Whenever women have insisted on absolute equality with men, they have invariably wound up with the dirty end of the stick. What they are and what they can do makes them superior to men, and their proper tactic is to demand special privileges, all the traffic will bear. They should never settle merely for equality. For women, ‘equality’ is a disaster.”
- Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
UPDATE: On a not entirely unrelated note:
“Lots of folks seem very upset about a government press release about a paper that doesn't seem yet to be publicly available. If the press release comes out without the paper, my prior is that they want the headline but don't want anybody looking too closely 'till the media's lost interest…
“The press release says that the Ministry of Women's Affairs has found that, comparing students with the same Bachelor degree (Commerce, for example), men earn more than women right after graduation and that the gap rises over time.
“Using ocular least squares, peering into the main classes for the different Commerce subdisciplines, I can't help but wonder whether they've missed something rather important. Namely, Economics and Finance are male-dominated while Marketing and Management are not..
“If we've got gender differences across majors, and if we've got reasonable pay differences across majors, then it would be shocking NOT to find substantial pay differences across genders if we aggregated at the degree level…
“Luckily, most of the wage gap goes away once you condition on the kinds of things that are observable: part time and full time status, industry, and so on.”