Should a woman’s salary be determined by her biological clock?

As a child, I was never told that my worth was only determined by my reproductive abilities. I was never thought of as property. My education has not been hindered by my gender. I am free to brave the world beside men as an equal…or so I think.

“In 2015, female full-time workers made only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 21 percent. Women, on average, earn less than men in virtually every single occupation for which there is sufficient earnings data for both men and women to calculate an earnings ratio.”

The “Wage Gap.” Newspapers love talking about it. Every few months a new article comes out stating that women earn less than men. Why do we earn less?

One reason is what scientists like to call the “Biological Clock.”

Women’s magazines love to talk about the biological clock. Just a quick search on Google produced articles such as,

  • “Is your biological clock ticking? – Information and advice on fertility – Women’s Health & Fitness”
  • “30 And Not Pregnant: How My Biological Clock Is Freaking Me Out – Elite Daily”
  • “Fertility: When Does Your Biological Clock REALLY Start Ticking | Marie Claire”

However shocking, science supports the body’s innate clock. Barbara Helm, a chronobiologist at the University of Glasgow in Scotland said,

“Circadian clocks tick in nearly every cell in the body. There’s a clock in the liver. There’s a clock in the adipose [fat] tissue. There’s a clock in the spleen. Those clocks set sleep patterns and meal times. They govern the flow of hormones and regulate the body’s response to sugar and many other important biological processes

So why does a woman’s biological clock matter to corporations?

Because businessmen know that a women is bound to get pregnant at some point. This halts a woman’s career and also hinders the company. Studies show that a 20 year old, married woman staying in a high paying position for more than 10 years is unlikely. It is also suggested that due to the inevitable destination of motherhood, women do not achieve higher roles in a companies than compared to men.

The fundamental question then arises, “Should a woman’s salary be determined by a desire for children?

Of course my innate feminist voice cries, “Of course not!” However, I thought about this question for a good while, during class, at lunch, driving home. Ultimately, I realized I was asking the wrong question. It’s not about salary or fairness, it’s more about understanding a woman’s role.

Society does not understand this. Businesses do not understand this. Media especially does not understand this. As much as feminists may hate the notion, women were made to be mothers. So the question then becomes, “What is a woman’s purpose?” Individually, “What is your purpose?”

I am not saying I have the answer. I am not saying businesses are right for lowering a woman’s wage. However, the battle for equality in this world will never be satisfied.

“Your desire will be for your husband,
    and he will rule over you.” – Genesis 3:16

This is the curse God gave Eve. This is the curse God gave women. Our husbands will rule over us! Unfair right?

God made women to be helpers. Unfortunately, we helped man into sin. This messed up our world. I am not surprised women get paid less. I am not surprised that men still feel the need to rule over us. I am surprised that women have forgotten their core role.

Today, the American woman is all about hard work, looking beautiful, and achieving success in careers. Personally, I don’t dream of being a CEO and living in some high rise in New York City. I don’t think that is God’s destiny for me. So for now, I’m just a girl, taking one step at a time, writing my blog, while trying to understand the world a little more.