The Feminist Claim
The feminist and social justice crowd, joined by our president and former secretary of state, constantly repeat the old phrase, “Women make just 77 cents to every dollar a man earns.” This is usually meant to display some sort of inequality or “systematic sexism” of some sort. This statistic is highly misleading and leads people to believe that women, on no other basis other than sex, are paid less than men. This simply isn’t true.
A basic, logical response
If women, on no other basis than sex, really are being paid less than men for the same exact work why even hire men? Think about it, a company could hypothetically save 23% per employee. If the wage gap was real why aren’t companies filled with women? Does this supposed sexism really make companies spend over 20% more per employee with no tangible benefit? If you answered yes, congrats, you’re a walking ideologue (insert fat feminist with red and blue hair stereotype here) Not only does it not make sense logically, it makes even less sense legally. It is already illegal to pay women less than men on no other basis than sex. It’s been this way for over 50 years, The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was specifically aimed at targeting this supposed sexism. Sorry feminists, companies aren’t going to risk it legally simply to have men rather than women.
The data has an anti-feminist bias
The wage gap is obtained by comparing earnings of all men to the earnings of all women. That is a flawed method, as it does not control for many key variables. They always leave out essential data that explains why men earn more. It has nothing to do with gender and everything to do with how men perform in more lucrative ways, as a general rule, for companies. Therefore, they are paid more. More work = more pay.
Here are those stats:
- Men spend 14% more time at work than women
- Men are nine times more likely to die on the job
- Women take more days off than men, even if they don’t have kids.
- Men choose the top five highest paying college majors: Engineering, Pharma, Math and computer science
- Women choose the top five lowest paying college majors: Psychology, Early Education, theology, Human Services, and Social Work
As you can see, men not only work more, they work in significantly more lucrative fields, like STEM.
Despite all of this, young (20-30) women out earn men in major cities across the US, here’s Time Magazine:
[A]ccording to a new analysis of 2,000 communities by a market research company, in 147 out of 150 of the biggest cities in the U.S., the median full-time salaries of young women are 8% higher than those of the guys in their peer group. In two cities, Atlanta and Memphis, those women are making about 20% more. This squares with earlier research from Queens College, New York, that had suggested that this was happening in major metropolises. But the new study suggests that the gap is bigger than previously thought, with young women in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego making 17%, 12% and 15% more than their male peers, respectively. And it also holds true even in reasonably small areas like the Raleigh-Durham region and Charlotte in North Carolina (both 14% more), and Jacksonville, Fla. (6%).
Need even more evidence?
A study done by the U.S. Department of Labor came to “the unambiguous conclusion that the differences in the compensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and that the raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action. Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”
Women in the western world aren’t discriminated against, they aren’t a minority, and they’re not oppressed. Women in the west are the most privileged class. Next time you hear that “77 cents” nonsense, combat the liar that spews that non-sense.
- Ketterer, Sarah. “The ‘Wage Gap’ Myth That Won’t Die.” The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, 30 Sept. 2015. Web. 13 Jan. 2017.(http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-wage-gap-myth-that-wont-die-1443654408)
- Luscombe, Belinda. “Workplace Salaries: At Last, Women on Top.” Time. Time Inc., 01 Sept. 2010. Web. 13 Jan. 2017.(http://content.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,2015274,00.html)
- Justice, Department Of. “An Analysis of Reasons for the Disparity in Wages Between Men a Nd Women.” Containing A For Eword B Y the Department of Lab or A Report by CONSAD Resear Ch Corp (n.d.): n. pag. Web. (http://www.hawaii.edu/religion/courses/Gender_Wage_Gap_Report.pdf)