Once, on Facebook I wrote:
In a recent paper in the American Economic Review Ms Goldin found that the difference between the hourly earnings of highly qualified men and their female peers grows hugely in the first 10-15 years of working life, largely because of a big premium in some highly paid jobs on putting in long days and being constantly on call. On the whole men find it easier than women to work in this way. Where such jobs are common, for example in business and the law, the gender pay gap remains wide and even short spells out of the workforce are severely penalised, meaning that motherhood can exact a heavy price. Where pay is roughly proportional to hours worked, as in pharmacy, it is low.
So basically we have socialized that one portion of society can run itself into the ground, abandon social relationships and health for their job and it’s OK. For that they get the money early and get to believe that their bank account is a side-effect of merit and justifies the living hell they went through (see Stockholm syndrome) to get there. It’s bad, bad, bad all around.