Men with sexist views 'earn more'.
One of my colleagues alerted me to this recent news item on the BBC news channel. A piece of US research has found that men who think that women should stay at home rather than work outside the home will consistently out-earn more 'modern-thinking' men.
On average this meant an extra £4,722 a year.
The somewhat obvious conclusion of the study was that more traditional people are seeking to preserve the historical separation of work and domestic roles.
I was intrigued by the possible explanations of the earnings disparity - that traditionally minded men are more interested in power, or that employers are more likely to promote them if they are the sole breadwinner.
I wonder if this is really true in the UK as it may be in the US. Personally it doesn't really worry me - and if the whole US economy is about to collapse, lots of those high earners may not be earning anything at all before too long.
And more modern-thinking men, as they are called, often realise that there's more to life than work, so salary is not everything. They might believe that their spouse and children deserve a little more of their time, or they need some friends and leisure time.
And in the church - well, we get paid the same for the same job, but when it comes to who has a stipend and who does not, I think there is room for progress!