There is a reason many women get paid less than men. Holly Walker in quitting politics has just answered her never-ending calls as to why there is a gender gap in pay and opportunity for young women.
They just find other more important things to do with their lives.
Pretend you are an employer (many of you do not need to pretend) and you have to pick a candidate for a vacancy that is not just a job (like an office cleaner) but a career. You do not want to put in resources, training and expertise into developing that person to have them quit.
Do you pick an almost equally qualified man or a woman?
Holly Walker has not and does not have to explain what her “family reasons”/”personal reasons” are for quitting politics. The only reason men seem to quit politics for personal or family reasons is if they’ve been caught with their pants down and it was demanded by either a spouse or angry husband. I am sure it is something far less trivial in Walker’s circumstances but my point is men do not quit with the ease women do.
It is Walker’s choice to quit and with her income as an MP could hire as much help as she wants to. Walker herself has commented that she received an incredible amount of support from her family, friends and the soft tree-hugging Taliban that is the Green Party.
Walker spent most of her 20’s not in the workforce building an actual career in something of substance but major scale degree collection, winning a Rhodes Scholarship, attending the most colonial of academic institutions in Oxford, taking up space on the Green Party list in 2011, spending time out to have her first baby and has now quit for family reasons. Read more »