The American political machinery prides itself today in its efforts towards diversity, inclusion, and equality. This is perhaps most notable in the feminist movement. For years, proponents of the broader progressive agenda railed against gender-related income inequality. To rectify this situation, the media busily propagandized the country.
Admittedly, the progressive agenda has forwarded a few positive initiatives. Whether you believe in the feminist movement or not, the concept of equal work for equal pay is sacrosanct. After all, the American capitalist ethos declares that if you are the most productive, you should accrue the most rewards.
Gender distinction has no place in the stark, binary realities of the free market.
But the progressive agenda has also largely promoted failed policies. Their bid to force the feminist movement onto the general public appears successful: look at all the commercials, TV shows, and films affirming women at the forefront, and pushing men to the backseat.
With all this propaganda, you’d think that women in the workforce would benefit economically. That, however, is not the case.
Progressive Agenda Doesn’t Add Up
Have you ever noticed western nations’ preoccupation with Japanese domestic policy? Japan, though not technically a western nation, is considered as such due to their economic prowess and adoption of its ethos and principles. However, it does not allow free-flowing immigration, to the chagrin of the progressive agenda.
Another sticking point is gender roles. Western nations, predominantly America, has eagerly adopted women as leaders and equal in every way to men. That thinking, though, doesn’t fly in Japan. Still, this hasn’t stopped Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg to promote women in the workforce. President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump espoused similar rhetoric.
America’s love affair with the feminist movement is so strong that we tell other countries how to treat their women. The only problem? American women in the workforce represent poorly when stacked up against other nations’ female professionals.
When adjusted for demographic composition, both American men and women have lower labor force participation rates than their equivalents in Japan, Germany, and the U.K. Notably, though, Japanese women participate in the workforce at greater rates than American women in all age groups except the young (15 to 24 years).
But don’t expect to see a Japanese female executive admonish Americans to do a better job representing women in the workforce. That would expose the progressive agenda is a huge farce.