his is the number one conservative argument against the Gender Wage Gap. No fluff, just facts.
About 70% of women and 54% of men consider the wage gap to be true according to a poll by SurveyMonkey.
Argument #1: “Women Earn 77 Cents For Every Dollar a Man Makes.”
What You Need to Know:
- According to PayScale.com, the median salary for all men and women is 81 cents to the dollar (comparing a woman’s earnings to a man).
- Leftist sources often use terminology such as “median salary” to manipulate the statistics, when in reality there is a great misconception in the wording.
- Misconception number one: the studies do not say that “a woman is paid 81 cents for every dollar a man is paid.” That would be blatantly sexist, and that company could be sued for gender discrimination.
- Misconception number two: the studies mention the median salary of women compared to men, but how is that calculated? It would calculate the average annual earnings of all women that work a full-time job, and then divide that by the average annual earnings of all men that work a full-time job.
- “Median Earnings of Full-Time Working Women” is different from “Median Earnings of Full-Time Working Women with the Same Degree, Education, Hours, and Position as Men”.
- It does not take into account the position a woman holds, her graduate degree, the amount of hours she has worked overtime, nor any other set of infinite variables.
- The American Association of University Women stated that when these variables are taken into consideration, the gap slims to 6.6 cents. According to the National Review, That 6.6 percent is “unexplained.” Discrimination could play a role in that gap, but so could other factors. For example, as the AAUW discusses, differences in men and women’s willingness to negotiate their salaries could play a role.”
- According to a 2015 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics men account for an average of 8.2 hour workdays compared to women that account for 7.8 hour workdays (a major difference allotted for).
- This argument can also be used when speaking about women of color, as well. A female that is Asian or African-American is not taxed at a higher rate than a white male simply because of her skin color. Once again, that would be blatantly sexist and racist, and that company could be sued for gender and racial discrimination.
- “If for the same work women only made 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, why don’t businesses hire only women,” Christina Hoff Sommers, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institution.
Argument #2: “Women Choose Authoritative Careers.”
What You Need to Know:
- Let’s take into account the career choices made by men and women, simply by reading Glassdoor’s “50 Highest Paying College Majors”. Topping the list is Computer Science, and according to a report by computerscience.org, women only earn 18% of the computer science degrees in the United States. Perhaps this was a typo. Electrical Engineering is next, and according to datausa.io, men make up 83% of the field.
- What if we flip the switch? When reading “10 College Majors With the Lowest Starting Salaries” on US News, Child Development and Psychology top the chart. I can assume that you know where this is headed. When researching about the male to female ratio on the American Psychological Association’s website, 74% of enrolled students are female.
- What must be mentioned is that when considering leadership positions, the amount of female equity partners, university presidents, and chief financial officers in Forbes 500 companies declines in comparison to males. According to the Center for American Progress, the numbers for females in these fields are 19 percent (equity partners), 30 percent (university presidents), and 12.5 percent (CFOs in Forbes 500).
- According to PragerU, “Men and women make different career choices that impact how much money they make. Take nursing where male nurses, on the whole earn 18% more than female nurses. The reason? Male nurses gravitate to the best-paying nursing specialties, they work longer hours, and disproportionately find jobs in cities with the highest compensation.”
- Professor Linda Aiken, University of Pennsylvania, “Career choices and educational differences explain most, if not all, the gender gap in nursing.”
The Overall Argument Against the Gender Wage Gap:
This post is not intended to discredit, nor depreciate, women. It is meant as an educational tool to educate the public about the myth of a gender wage gap.
Does sexism exist in the workplace? Unfortunately, yes it does. However, will I believe that it exists to an extent where each woman is paid 77 cents for every dollar a man is paid? Absolutely not.
It is not only foolish, but ignorant to believe in the gender wage gap. It promotes a culture of victimization for young girls to grow up in, and with a government that is populated with female anarchists such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, society is not raising women in the proper spotlight.
Propaganda promoted by celebrities and activists diminishes the value and care for what women stand for. If I were to tell someone that they will never make as much as someone else, just because of their identity, how would they feel? And most importantly, how am I portrayed? An oppressor is the perfect example.
The reason why the gender wage gap does not exist is because of one, simple reason: the choices each gender makes. Not choosing to be a housewife, but choosing to not pursue a certain degree, or not be willing to approach a manager for the promotion.
An idea that women are paid 77 cents for every dollar a man is paid only continues the false narrative. As a statistic: yes, the median salary of women is less than a man’s. But when approaching the situation with logic: does a woman work as much as a man, earn the same difficult degree as a man, hold the same executive position as a man?
I am all in favor of women taking the initiative to pursue STEM fields, and I want to see more leadership in executive fields. Should there be quotas to aid women and minorities? No, because that is once again portraying a culture of victimization.
“If for the same work women only made 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, why don’t businesses hire only women,” Christina Hoff Sommers, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institution.