Despite gains made by women the pay gap continues to be used in misleading ways to advance public policy agendas without fully explaining the reasons behind the pay gap.
Here, you will find a good starting place for understanding “pay gap” misleading information and why it continues to be used by Power Elite Feminists to push their agendas.
The “pay gap” only exists because men work far more hours at high-stress jobs they hate with longer commutes, less flexibility, more physical risk, etc., just to be breadwinners and feed their families, only to die younger and get bashed for “earning more.” The “pay gap” is only a snapshot of average yearly full-time incomes that does not account for overtime (about 90% male), type of work, or other factors. The Dept. of Labor funded a study that shed light on this issue.
See also, Prof. June O’Neill, Ph.D. (former director of Congressional Budget Office), “The Gender Gap in Wages, circa 2000,” American Economic Review, 5/03.)
In “Why Men Earn More,” Warren Farrell, Ph.D. examined 25 career/life choices men and women make (hours, commute times, etc.) that lead to men earning more and women having more balanced lives, and that showed how men in surveys prioritize money while women prioritize flexibility, shorter hours, shorter commutes, less physical risk and other factors conducive to their choice to be primary parents, an option men still largely don’t have. That is why never-married childless women out-earn their male counterparts, and female corporate directors now out-earn their male counterparts.
Farrell also lists dozens of careers, including fields of science, where women out-earn men, fields where there is a real pay gap and women still retain the same choices to opt in and out.
Women simply have more options than men to be primary parents , and many of them exercise that option rather than work long, stressful hours. That is why 57% of female graduates of Stanford and Harvard left the workforce within 15 years of entry into the workforce.
This is an option few men have (try being a single male and telling women on the first date that you want to stay home). The latest research shows women still seek men who earn more than they do.
Blaming men for women’s choices is unfair. In fact research shows most men have no problem with their wives out-earning them.
For more, see:
- ABC News: “Is the Wage Gap Women’s Choice? Research Suggests Career Decisions, Not Sex Bias, Are at Root of Pay Disparity”
- Obama flunks Econ 101 – As co-sponsor of a bill that would bureaucratize most of the labor market, the presidential hopeful is flirting with a very bad idea. Fortune’s Cait Murphy investigates.
- ‘Sea change’ seen in spouses’ financial roles, Survey shows few men bothered if wife brings home more bacon”.
- Equal Pay for Women Act Brings Battle of the Sexes to Life in Louisiana , great overview of issues.
A 2010 study from the market research firm Reach Advisors found that in 147 of the 150 largest U.S. cities, the median full-time salaries of unmarried, childless women under 30 was 8 percent higher than those of men in their peer group. For Atlanta and Memphis, women in their peer category earned 20 percent more than men.