via fark: European women screwed by the very welfare state policies intended to protect them
"For all the myths of equality that Europe tells itself, the Continent is by and large a woeful place for a woman who aspires to lead."
"...women account for 45 percent of high-level decision makers in America, including legislators, senior officials and managers across all types of businesses. In the U.K., women hold 33 percent of those jobs. In Sweden—supposedly the very model of global gender equality—they hold 29 percent. Germany comes in at just under 27 percent, and Italian women hold a pathetic 18 percent of power jobs."
"Europe is killing its women with kindness—enshrined, ironically, in cushy welfare policies that were created to help them. By offering women extremely long work leaves after children, then pushing them to take the full complement via tax policies that discourage a second income, coupled with subsidies that serve to keep them at home, Europe is essentially squandering its female talent. Not only do women get off track for long periods, many simply never get back on."
I had never doubted that the welfare state destroys overall economic productivity, but a direct causative effect is surprising. Pleasantly surprising.
As for three year paid maternity leave, I have only one word: INSANE.
Of course, I can see the other side of the argument. Equality only means equality of opportunity and not outcomes. Maybe Europeans are better parents, and maybe that's why the US public school system is so screwed up. Nevertheless, I'd much rather live in a state where you have to take a pay cut to be a good parent than one where you have to fund everybody else's kids even though you have no intention of becoming a parent yourself.