Perhaps you’ve come across a strident feminist or a kind-hearted (yet misled) individual that warned people of the discrimination that women face in the workforce. Here is the truth: the wage gap is a myth.
I’m sure you’ve heard the massively overused and extremely misleading statistic that “women make 77 cents for every dollar a man does.” However, as you will see, this is truly misleading. So where did researchers get this number?
The process by which researchers got the number was rather unfair: it averaged both men and women no matter what their occupation, experience, or education. The study fails to compare people of the same job. More males than females are doctors, and doctors make, on average, over 100,000 dollars a year. Christina Hoff Sommers of Huffington Post elaborated on this further, saying:
“Economics majors (66 percent male) have a median income of $70,000; for sociology majors (68 percent female) it is $40,000. Economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute has pointed to similar incongruities. The AAUW study classifies jobs as diverse as librarian, lawyer, professional athlete, and “media occupations” under a single rubric—“other white collar.” Says Furchtgott-Roth: “So, the AAUW report compares the pay of male lawyers with that of female librarians; of male athletes with that of female communications assistants. That’s not a comparison between people who do the same work.”” (Huffington Post)
She even went on, saying, “The AAUW researchers looked at male and female college graduates one year after graduation. After controlling for several relevant factors (though some were left out, as we shall see), they found that the wage gap narrowed to only 6.6 cents.” (Huffington Post)
And what could possibly amount for that 6.6 cent gap? First of all, it’s nothing like the purported 23 cent gap by many misinformed liberals. But many things could account for this gap, such as the fact that males tend to be more assertive and persuasive, and are therefore likely better at negotiating a wage. In addition to this, the study also left out key differences in men’s and women’s wages that could account even further for the 6.6 cent gap.
Overall, the wage gap is an old concept that has been conclusively proven faulty. I am definitely in favor of treating (and paying) men and women completely equally, but the wage gap is simply preposterous when you actually do some research. One last thing to remember; don’t be misinformed by the liberal media. Question authority, think for yourself, and do some research on your own!
Author: Joe Schmid
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