Feminists have long tried to convince us that there is such a thing as a “gender wage gap.” The facts show that the so-called male/female wage gap is nothing other than another liberal myth that needlessly divides people.
Today is “Equal Pay Day.” This is the day that, according to feminist fuzzy logic, women have to get to before they earn what men already earned the year before. [Adding women’s pay for last year to this year’s up to today to equal men’s pay for last year alone] A closer look reveals many factors which explain why women as a group might earn less that men as a group, such as women working fewer hours to make time for their children. Any comparison between male and female earnings that doesn’t correct for this and other structural factors conveys no useful information and is worthless. Such a comparison makes as much sense as thinking the tortoise can run faster than the rabbit because it won the race.
Carrie Lukas has a piece in today’s Wall Street Journal citing a study of single, childless urban workers between the ages of 22 and 30 which found that women earned 8% more than men. This is a study that is likely to be more accurate because it compensated for relevant factors to make comparisons between men and women in similar circumstances.
Here are some of Ms. Lukas’ conclusions:
- The unemployment rate is consistently higher among men than among women.
- The recent economic downturn has exposed as ridiculous feminist claims that our economy is ruled by a sexist patriarchy.
- Over the past year, labor force participation (the percentage of working age people employed) dropped for everyone but the participation rate fell more among men than women.
- Men have been hit harder by this recession. [The recession has been called a “mancession” by some people]
Most Americans do not see the economy as a battle of the sexes. It’s not good that some do.