So, why would a girl be more beneficial to the country? As well as the boost to baby clothing sales, a Princess would be able to establish trends throughout her life, which will be great for the people who design her clothes and those who can make look-a likes.
Meanwhile, just one in ten authors can earn full-time living from writing. Of those, women were found to earn 80 per cent of the income of their male counterparts in a study conducted by Queen Mary, University of London.
Oh, dear. Back to the old male-female divide, with women the losers.
Writing is not the dream job people think. The new report highlights the low earning many endure for their art. Only one in ten authors can afford to earn a living from writing alone, a drop from 40 per cent just a decade ago. A typical professional writer earned less than the minimum wage.
The bleak picture, compiled from a survey of nearly 2,500 writers, has been attributed in part to the changing publishing world, which sees houses less willing to take a chance on new authors and more likely to commission “safe bets” and celebrity writers.
A remarkable 17 per cent of all writers did not earn any money in the year in question, 2013, despite 98 per cent having work published during the period of shortly before. Source: The Telegraph.
My husband constantly points out that publishing houses sell paperback books for 1/3 of the price of mine. I explain that a large quantity is cheaper to produce and they're probably making a loss to get the novels in front of the public. Mine are released by small publishers with no fringe benefits.
Writing fulfills a need in me—I live to write. I'm going through a process of editing my next fantasy at the moment. Several more first drafts of novels sit in files waiting for further work.
Take that occupation away from many older people and their life would serve no purpose. What would I do with my vivid imagination? Things would be different if I had family around me, grandchildren to tell stories to, teens to advise and adults to settle differences between.
So—before you set out on a writing career, work out your aim. You can't count on earning money.
Be you a prince, princess or writer, a working person or stay-at-home parent, how does the balance between male and female affect you?