By Jacob Collins |Online Editor|
The gender based wage gap simply does not exist.
With factors such as job choices, experience, education and amount of hours worked the gender based wage gap is almost unrecognizable.
Women of course should make the same amount of money per dollar as men do and they already do.
Many like to point to Obama’s statement he made during the 2012 State of the Union address:
“Women (are) paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men.”
However the non-partisan website known for fair fact checking Politifact found that statement to be mostly false.
That 77 percent figure takes men and women regardless of their occupation and compares their salaries.
Of course there is going to be a gap between a male CEO, engineer, software engineer, etc. when compared to jobs that are predominately filled by women, such as nursing, teaching, etc.
Statistically, men are more likely to take a job in the STEM fields compared to women.
Does this mean that men should not be paid as much as women because they choose to enter a field that pays a higher salary? Of course not.
The 77 percent figure also does not account for hours worked.
The 77 percent figure only includes full time workers, which is a broad classification of workers. Full-time work is anything that is 30 hours or more under the Affordable Care Act.
Workers working anywhere from 30 to 40 hours will have different wages and even more so if they take vacation days.
Furthermore, the 77 percent figure doesn’t account for experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, men had a higher median job tenure compared to women by over one year.
The statement that women only make 77 cents on the every dollar a man makes is downright misleading and is preached with such conviction that legislation is even drafted based on it. This does nothing to validate the claim that a 23 cent deficiency exists; it just bolsters the supporters of the myth.
Due to legislation like the so called “Fair Pay Act” being based on the 77 percent myth. it does nothing to correct the alleged wage gap because one simply does not exist when all factors that effect wages are taken into consideration.
I want to make it clear that men and women should make the same amount of money for their work. I have nothing against women but the 77 percent wage gap simply doesn’t exist.
Men and women do make the same amount of money with respect to their position, education, experience and hours worked.