Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Women take 46 per cent more sick days than men

Equal pay for less work?

The University of Helsinki study found women took 46 per cent more short-term sick leave than their male counterparts even after discounting the data for child-care absences. They were also a third more likely to take slightly longer periods of sick leave, which required a medical certificate. Researchers said that the reasons for the difference could include women finding their work more physically demanding. Alternatively, they might simply be more organized about seeing a doctor and getting signed off work when ill.

The average UK worker takes six sick days a year - down from a peak of 9.1 in 1991.

Does this not weaken the "equal pay for equal work" argument of feminists?

Women have been given a "free pass" by most men under the illusion that they will not be required to leave work early to pick-up little Jadyce or Jason at the daycare when called upon.

As it turns out, Mom just wanted a "mental health" day.

The overall pay gap with men earning more is not about discrimination; it is mostly about the division of labor once children arrive - yet feminist folk-myth continues to portray it as an insidious patriarchal plot.

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