Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Dutch labour party has proposed that educated women, i.e. ones with college degrees, should be fined if they decide to stay at home instead of joining the workforce !

MP Sharon Dijksma, deputy chairperson of the PvdA's parliamentary party, believes the punitive measure is needed to stimulate more women to join the workforce. She outlined her ideas in 'Forum', a magazine published by employers' group VNO-NCW.

"A highly-educated woman who chooses to stay at home and not to work - that is destruction of capital," Dijksma said. "If you receive the benefit of an expensive education at the cost of society, you should not be allowed to throw away that knowledge unpunished."

The MP said a fine for non-working mothers is a logical consequence of the PvdA's intention to introduce a 'feudal system', under which graduates repay money dependant on their earnings. "If someone chooses not to work, then a substantial repayment is in order," Dijksma said.

Hmmm...don't the Dutch make claims about having freedom of expression and choice, and all that supposed nonsense ?

As Chequer-Board asks...
Stay-at-home mothers could agree to make use of their degrees by home-schooling their children. Think that would fly in the Dutch parliament?
Well, if women won't make much of the opportunities provided to make them "equal" in society, then perhaps we should force them, eh ?

This was also an interesting statement in that article...
A high proportion of Dutch women traditionally favour working only part-time or staying at home to care for their families.
Original link via Pajamas Media.

Cross posted on Context Switch.


At 7:23 AM , Blogger Meeta Yadav Vouk said...

This is so full of crap. I dont understand one thing. People will not let a woman decide what she wants to do with her own body, they wont let her decide what she should do with her time. Why does she exist?

At 10:59 AM , Blogger Sib said...

I think the Dutch are going overboard with this...interestingly, it is a woman who has proposed the idea. Also from the original article, I notice that they mention economics...apparently they want to either get back a part of the money that the government spends to subsidize the education, or they want the people to be "productive"...

All said and done, I don't think that forcing people to work is the way...perhaps if they can create good opportunities and prove to people that the work idea is good, then people might automatically make the choice.

At 7:29 PM , Blogger milindn said...

I agree with Sibin, no one should be forced to work ... even for earning money.

At 11:27 PM , Blogger Sib said...

That is of course the Grad student credo right there Milind ! C'mon...after all these in grad school, tell me you didn't understand that ! :)

We all believe that none of us should be forced to work...even with the promise of money if we graduate quickly !


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