Claims of a ‘wage gap’ between genders are mythical…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A national event dedicated to eliminating the “wage gap” between men and women is ignoring several key factors, says Just Facts.
Tuesday was deemed “Equal Pay Day” by the National Committee on Pay Equity, which it describes as a “public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.”
It cites discrimination as the driving force behind the ever-present “wage gap.”
A few of the organization’s key claims are: Women make “77 cents for every dollar men earn” and that Republicans, led by President Donald Trump, are exacerbating the problem.
“Equal Pay Day is a reminder that despite some progress, the wage gap persists, and women have ways to go when it comes to economic equality,” Shira Tarlo said, writing about the event for NBC News.
But the left ignores a few factors when talking about the alleged “wage gap,” according to Just Facts:
- Men work more days and hours than women
- Men typically pursue higher paying careers
- Men work more physically-demanding occupations than women, and
- Women are more likely to choose jobs that offer higher benefits in exchange for less compensation.
Many studies have confirmed that these factors play a significant role in gender differences.
A 2009 analysis conducted for the U.S. Department of Labor by CONSAD Research Corporation said a reliable estimate can’t be confirmed without taking all these factors into account.
“It is not possible to produce a reliable quantitative estimate of the aggregate portion of the raw gender wage gap for which the explanatory factors that have been identified account. Nevertheless, it can confidently be concluded that, collectively, those factors account for a major portion and, possibly, almost all of the raw gender wage gap,” the report reads.
The National Committee on Pay Equity ignores these factors, claiming “earning gaps” are simply “unexplainable.”
The committee cited a 2003 study by U.S. General Accounting Office that “found a 20 percent earnings gap between women and men that could not be explained even when accounting for demographic and work-related factors such as occupation, industry, race marital status and job tenure.
“This gap is attributable to discrimination; Certain jobs pay less simply because they are held by women and people of color,” asserts the National Committee on Pay Equity.
This analysis by the committee is deliberately deceiving, however, according to Just Facts.
The actual report conducted by the U.S. General Accounting Office states: “Due to inherent limitations in the survey data and in statistical analysis, we cannot determine whether this remaining difference is due to discrimination or other factors that may affect earnings.”
The National Committee on Pay Equity also attributes potential differences in wages to race, saying minorities statistically make less than white women and men.
But Just Facts says this assertion doesn’t take into account factors like “education, marriage, career choices, English fluency, and skills in reading, writing, and math.”
“People who falsely claim that discrimination is the cause of wage differences can stir up racial strife by fueling resentment and bitterness,” the article states.