Gender-Pay Inequality Isn’t

Listening to Michael Medved on the radio on my way home from work recently, I heard him interviewing an author of a study regarding the disparity of pay between male and female workers. A major tenet of the feminist ideology is that men make more than women, universally. Apparently it is true that on average, women do make less than men. But sexist policies and male-run workplaces are the least of the causes, if at all. I do not recall the name of the author Michael was interviewing and not having a MedHead subscription I was unable to look through the archives. But…

In an article in Reason Magazine, Steven Chapman writes on the study:

On its face, the evidence in the AAUW (American Association of University Women) study looks damning. “One year out of college,” it says, “women working full-time earn only 80 percent as much as their male colleagues earn. Ten years after graduation, women fall farther behind, earning only 69 percent as much as men earn.”

But read more, and you learn things that don’t get much notice on Equal Pay Day. As the report acknowledges, women with college degrees tend to go into fields like education, psychology and the humanities, which typically pay less than the sectors preferred by men, such as engineering, math and business. They are also more likely than men to work for nonprofit groups and local governments, which do not offer salaries that Alex Rodriguez would envy.

As they get older, many women elect to work less so they can spend time with their children. A decade after graduation, 39 percent of women are out of the work force or working part time — compared with only 3 percent of men. When these mothers return to full-time jobs, they naturally earn less than they would have if they had never left.

Steve goes on with additional and interesting facts and findings by other researchers and concludes:

June O’Neill, an economist at Baruch College and former director of the Congressional Budget Office, has uncovered something that debunks the discrimination thesis. Take out the effects of marriage and child-rearing, and the difference between the genders suddenly vanishes. “For men and women who never marry and never have children, there is no earnings gap,” she said in an interview.

That’s a fact you won’t hear from AAUW or the Democratic presidential candidates. The prevailing impulse on Equal Pay Day was to lament how far we are from the goal. The true revelation, though, is how close.

Steve does include one paragraph in which he discusses the varying expectations and general responsibilities of men versus women in society. He ponders whether the men in families are compelling their wives to stay at home with the children while they go work. While I’m sure there are cases of this, as a general fact, the differences in nature between men and women are such that women do a better job, generally, at raising children as an at-home parent than men. Women are not necessarily compelled to stay home to raise children more than they desire to stay home.

And even those arguments have no standing in the presence of the damning question: Is not motherhood a high calling equal to or greater than nearly any other calling a woman could choose? Why are stay-at-home mothers considered second class (mostly by freakishly feminazi fem-bots)? My dad fixes peoples telephones, he has done this and other work for the phone company for around 30 years. My mom went to college to study nursing and spent several years as an RN working with premature babies. Then she stayed home and raised us. She’s spent 27 years of her life now (that’s over half) raising a new generation, pouring herself into our education, our relationships, our joys and sorrows, our friends, our lives. What is second rate about that.

It would seem, and this is the greatest joke of all surrounding the whole idea of feminist propaganda, that a feminist ideal woman is a man, climbing the soulless corporate ladder, bringing home the bacon day after day until the day they die. What’s so great about that?

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