Dr. Helen

Is the Wage Gap Even Real?

Probably not, and of course this has been confirmed frequently by various experts on the topic such as Warren Farrell in his book Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap — and What Women Can Do About It.

There is a new study that yet again confirms that there is no true wage gap between men and women:

Comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges, women earn close to what men earn: Women in similar workplaces with similar titles and similar credentials make pretty much what their male peers do, whether they are fast-food employees making close to the minimum wage or corporate executives making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. This has led some publications to argue that the pay gap is far smaller than generally understood, and yet others to argue that the pay gap is a myth.

Moreover, women’s employment patterns are different from men’s, Rose, a labor economist at the Urban Institute, told me. They are less likely to work full-time and to spend years-long, uninterrupted stretches in the labor force. They are more likely to have to take time off to have a child, or to have to work part-time in order to care for family members.

Of course feminist types will argue that women should make the same (or more) than men while also taking time off. After all, they take care of kids and family members. But should employers have to subsidize their decisions? Men don’t get these choices and they work more hours, often to support families including women and kids which is, in itself a care-giving activity.

Women don’t value what men do, they think that long hours don’t take a toll until they try it and start having health problems and stress issues as a result. As long as it’s a man’s life that is shortened, that’s okay. But life choices have a trade-off and just because one is female doesn’t give them the privilege of having their cake and eating it too.