|You tell 'em Patsy! Shit, that dude with the bad teeth who won last year|
should get $8 million a movie just like me. Equal pay - Equal work!!
Self-righteous Hollywood aside, Arquette and Streep (who makes $8 million per film) might want to do a little research rather than listen to the Jackass party line and preach campaign phrases as gospel. You see, the mythological gender pay gap is just that... a myth bandied about by the likes of Liz Running Mouth Warren and other liberalites using deception and victimhood to gain the woman vote.
You have heard about the 23 cent gap for a few years now... Barry Hussein himself announced last April that "Today, the average full-time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns...in 2014, that's an embarrassment. It is wrong." And Patricia Arquette and Meryl Streep agree, gawdamit!!!
Jeezus... sure sounds like a guy is gettin' paid $50,000 a year to drive a bus while a woman only gets $38,500 to drive that same bus. Well, that's what they want you to think when they yell for "equal pay for equal work." Shit... if a boss can get away with paying women 23% less than they pay men, wouldn't it make sense to hire just women?? They would save a boatload of money on salaries.
To be clear, those numbers are absolutely correct, based on reports by the Department of Labor. And when you hear those numbers, you probably have the reaction that the Democrats are seeking... that discriminatory practices of employers result in women being paid less than men for the same work. I know, Obama never used the term "same work" because then he would be lying. And lord knows he does not lie. But his message is subtly implied if not stated outright on the official White House website: "There is good evidence that discrimination contributes to the persistent pay disparity between men and women." By the way, even in the White House, women staffers earn on average just 88% of what men on Obama's staff earn. Administration officials explain that women just happen to hold lower paying jobs in the administration, but they deny disparity in pay for people doing the same work. If that reasoning works for the White House, why does it not work for the rest of the country???
The problem here is that the 23 cent wage gap as touted by the Democrats is based on the average ANNUAL WAGES of full time workers and does not take into account relevant differences between men and women, such as individual choices that ultimately define the type of occupations, college majors, length of time in the workplace and motherhood. It has nothing to do with unscrupulous employers discriminating against women in their companies.
The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the wage gap shrinks to 19 cents when looking at weekly wages and even smaller (to 14 cents) when looking at hourly wages. Why this difference, you might ask? Well, because studies have proven that women work fewer hours per week than men. The Department of Labor does a Time Use survey every year. In 2011, they found that the average full time working man spends 8.75 hours per day on the job while the average full time working woman works 8.01 hours per day. That fact alone shrinks the gap even further.
Even the American Association of University Women agrees that these differences go the distance in explaining the pay gap. Men are much more likely to take jobs that are physically demanding in dangerous conditions and thus are much higher paying. Steel workers, loggers, long haul truckers, etc. all pose significant risk and less than desirable working conditions and are jobs filled primarily by men. Men are more likely to work overnight shifts, on rooftops, outdoors in general. In 2012, 92% of work related deaths were to men. At the same time, according to the AAUW, women are more likely to trade higher pay for more desirable job conditions and tend to seek jobs with consistent hours and little travel.
College education and degree choices also play a major role in defining salaries. Women tend to choose fields of study that pay less, like liberal arts, education and sociology while more men choose fields of study like finance, engineering and accounting. Economics majors (66% male) have a median annual income of $70,000 while sociology majors (68% female) have a median annual income of $40,000.
The reasons why men and women make the choices they do around jobs are many, and we cannot deny that social stereotypes and expectations often direct women and men to certain career paths. However, that has NOTHING to do with discrimination.
While some people would like to paint women as victims of a sexist economy, it should be noted that more women are earning far more college degrees than men and actually have reason to celebrate. In a study done in 2010 of major cities in the United States, a research firm out of New York cited US Census numbers and found that single, childless women in their 20s earn on average 8% more than their male counterparts in the same category.
April 9th is Equal Pay Day because supposedly that is how far into the next year a woman would need to work to earn what a man earned the previous year. Instead of perpetuating the lie and treating women like victims, we should be empowering women with the truth.