The wage gap over a lifetime is certainly amplified
by women taking time off to have and raise children.
But its also true that on average women are still
paid less than men for the same job — regardless
of any time taken off. And this only increases
when you consider a woman's race and ethnicity.
Also, I think it needs more careful examination
as to why having and raising children should
be a burden to women's salaries in the first
place. It's something that should be compensated
for — either through employer or through
services. Also, it shouldn't be solely absorbed
by women. At a minimum, employers should have
to pay into social security during any absence
from their jobs.