Ain’t She Dead Yet?: Octogenarian Phyllis Schlafly Writes Op-Ed Explaining Why the Gender Wage Gap Is a Good Thing


Phyllis Schlafly is a career woman who built a highly successful career “out of telling other women that they should not have highly successful careers…” Younger women may not know of her—but many women of my Baby Boomer generation cringe when we hear her name. Erin Gloria Ryan of Jezebel put it well when she wrote that Schlafly “is known for reciting mushy half-microwaved sexism casserole from the 1950’s and calling it conservative philosophy.”

I hadn’t heard any news or read any stories about Schlafly in years. (Maybe I’ve just ignored the mention of her name.) I had assumed that Phyllis might have gone to meet her maker in that heavenly home where women “know their place” for eternity in the post-life-on-Earth society in the ether. Not so. She recently stirred things up a bit in the media after she penned an op-ed for The Christian Post in which she noted the positive aspects of a having a wage gender gap in this country. According to Schlafly, the wage gap helps women to find “suitable” husbands. Go figure!

Ryan says that Schlafly is someone whom she usually ignores—unless she wants “to laugh ruefully at a dying way of life.” Ryan thinks that Schlafly really outdid herself this time when she wrote her op-ed tiled Facts and Fallacies About Paycheck Fairness.

Excerpt from Schlafly’s op-ed:

Another fact is the influence of hypergamy, which means that women typically choose a mate (husband or boyfriend) who earns more than she does. Men don’t have the same preference for a higher-earning mate.

While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap.

Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate.

She adds:

The pay gap between men and women is not all bad because it helps to promote and sustain marriages. Since husband and wife generally pool their incomes into a single economic unit, what really matters is the combined family income, not the pay gap between them.

Schlafly posits that the best way for women to improve their economic prospects “is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.” Who knew? It’s a good thing we have this wise conservative elder woman to “splain” things to the young women of today.

So…ladies, why fight for equal pay? Why ask for a raise at work? Just go out and find yourselves some nice fellows who earn more than you—maybe for doing the same work—and you’ll be set for life…with a “suitable” mate.


Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands (ThinkProgress)

Schlafly: Increase The Pay Gap So Women Will Have Better Opportunities To Find A Husband (Right Wing Watch)

Facts and Fallacies About Paycheck Fairness (The Christian Post)

Phyllis Schlafly’s funny logic on the wage gap — and the husband gap (Washington Post)

Phyllis Schlafly Has Really Outdone Herself This Time (Jezebel)

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9 Responses to Ain’t She Dead Yet?: Octogenarian Phyllis Schlafly Writes Op-Ed Explaining Why the Gender Wage Gap Is a Good Thing

  1. Mike Spindell says:

    I too am surprised to discover that this vile woman lives on. She has made a lifetime and a career based on hatred and right wing Christian vitriol. Perhaps Billy Joel was correct that “Only the Good Die Young”.

  2. bigfatmike says:

    Guess that just goes to prove old eagles don’t just fly away. Much like vultures they keep circling and circling – or so it seems.
    Then again, it it weren’t for the pay gap how could guys like me find suitable house help. Heaven forfend, we might have to take out the garbage ourselves. We might have to live on TV dinners … forever.

  3. pdm says:

    If there is a god that loves the United States….please let her op-ed go viral.

  4. pete says:

    her son has been busy

    if you’ve never been to his site, check it out. it’s kind of like “the onion” without the humor.

  5. Elaine M. says:


    Your comment reminded me of a poem I wrote about the Conservative Bible Project. I wrote a post about it on another blog back in 2009:

    A Poem about the Conservative Bible Project

    “From the New York Daily News (10/06/09):’s Conservative Bible Project aims to deliberalize the bible

    “Forget attacking liberal bias in Hollywood or in the media. One group says it’s the Bible that’s gotten too progressive.

    T”he Conservative Bible Project is leading the charge to deliberalize the Bible by using a Wikipedia-like Web site to correct what it calls “errors in conveying biblical meaning.”

    “Those errors are a “lack of precision in the original language, such as terms underdeveloped to convey new concepts introduced by Christ,” “lack of precision in modern language” and “translation bias in converting the original language to the modern one.”

    “On its Web site – which is emblazoned with an Old Glory logo above the words “The Trustworthy Encyclopedia” – the group is seeking to create a fully conservative translation of the Bible that follows 10 commandments, er, guidelines.”

    A Poem about the Conservative Bible Project
    by Elaine Magliaro

    The Bible’s way too liberal—
    And nothing could be worse.
    Let’s go rewrite the holy book—
    Each chapter, line and verse.

    We’ll tell the stories “our way”—
    Toss out the liberal bias—
    The way the good Lord wants us to.
    The devil can’t deny us.

    We’ll include free market parables,
    Excise the stuff we hate,
    Avoid gender inclusive language
    That can emasculate

    The Great Book that we live by.
    We’ll write the stories “right”—
    Translate them “fundamentally”
    To conservatives’ delight.

  6. pete says:

    throw out the beggars that are blocking access to the moneylenders.

    and the bacon wrapped oysters at the last supper

  7. Blouise says:

    Elaine is sooo right. I, too, cringe at the mention of that woman.

    Thanks for the poem and the smile.

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