He whom the Lord loves, He chastens, so . . . this is obviously discriminatory against women, who are being denied the full blessings of poverty and adversity.
I wouldn’t be surprised if total compensations has, on average, decreased in the last year. Prior to that time, it’s only income that has dropped. Total compensation, which includes paid vacations and sick leave and various kinds of insurance provided by employers (particularly health insurace), was continuing to increase until quite recently.
Put another way, increases in productivity as measured by total compensation were being soaked up by increases in the costs of other benefits.