The Left likes to blame conservatives for a whole range of imagined slights and indignities suffered by various social groups while lacking any evidence, or even in the face of concrete facts that prove otherwise. One of the favorite go-to grievances dragged out by the radical Left every couple of years is the so-called “gender wage gap.”
Despite the Equal Pay Act signed into law by then-President John F. Kennedy back in 1963, and study after study shows that the pay gap between the sexes is a fallacy, the accusations of progressives continue to persist. And why not? It is a pretty good bit of propaganda that many people instinctively, although mistakenly, believe may be right. After all, haven’t we all been told that men are supposed to be the providers for their families? And how can society expect that if men weren’t earning substantially more than women?
Combine this generally held belief with the explosive nature of gender politics these days, and you have a hot-button issue that is easy to use to demonize anyone who disagrees. But not everyone is having it! Alex Clark from Turning Point USA takes another look at the absurd idea that women are genuinely paid less than men for doing the same exact jobs in the segment, “180 Seconds.”
When talking about the Gender Wage Gap, The Left generally points to is the fact, and yes, it is true, that women, overall, take home less money than men. However, the reason behind this is not due to some patriarchal conspiracy that is trying to keep anyone without a ‘Y’ chromosome financially dependent on men. It’s something else entirely.
When you take the time to look at the reality of what these studies compare, the left-wing conspiracy of a world bent on underpaying women begins to unravel. The problem is that these studies don’t take into account variables such as the job or the number of hours worked, meaning researchers are randomly comparing salaries of men and women across all industries and work sectors. Therefore, a part-time female pre-school teacher salary may be compared with a male plumber pulling 60-hour weeks in the surveys’ results. It doesn’t make any sense.
Another weakness of the gender wage gap is the assumption that women and men make the same career decisions. They don’t. Since most people still expect fathers to be a family’s breadwinner, mothers are more likely to interrupt their careers to care for their kids. In fact, over a quarter of all moms quit work after having kids. Four out of ten of those who continue to work dramatically cut back their hours.
The final contributor to the pay difference between men and women may go back to differences in the educational choices they make. According to Clark, jobs associated with the ten most popular majors for women had an average annual salary of $52,800. The average salary for the jobs related to the ten most popular majors for men is $62,000. And women are not being forced into majors that lead to lower-paying jobs. They are freely choosing them.
The kicker is that childless women in their 20s are actually out-earning men by almost 10 percent. So, the next time someone tells you the gender wage gap is a real thing, give them the real facts!