Oh Goody! It’s Equal Pay Day for Women Who Don’t Earn It


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It’s “Equal Pay Day” thanks to the left-wing National Committee on Pay Equity. It’s also Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness month which is probably caused in part by the left-wing.

HuffPo aka Huffington Post has a loooong piece up trying to prove the gender wage gap is real and not a myth. They have one good example in the women’s soccer team but one example does not a case make. HuffPo likes to use non sequiturs to support their claim such as women can’t afford baby sitters or minority women make less, therefore there’s a gap. There is a gap but it’s an earned gap.

What the left is saying is that they should get paid the same whether they have the education and experience because it’s not their fault they don’t have those things.

Ironically, it was a a 2012 HuffPo article that exposed it as fraudulent. Let’s face it, it’s a get out the vote ploy. The article, Wage Gap Myth Exposed—By Feminists, is still up surprisingly. In fact, how did it get published on the left-wing “news” site?

If you believe women suffer systemic wage discrimination, read the new American Association of University Women (AAUW) study Graduating to a Pay Gap. Bypass the verbal sleights of hand and take a hard look at the numbers. Women are close to achieving the goal of equal pay for equal work. They may be there already.

How many times have you heard that, for the same work, women receive 77 cents for every dollar a man earns? This alleged unfairness is the basis for the annual Equal Pay Day observed each year about mid-April to symbolize how far into the current year women have to work to catch up with men’s earnings from the previous year. If the AAUW is right, Equal Pay Day will now have to be moved to early January.

The AAUW has now joined ranks with serious economists who find that when you control for relevant differences between men and women (occupations, college majors, length of time in workplace) the wage gap narrows to the point of vanishing. The 23-cent gap is simply the average difference between the earnings of men and women employed “full time.” What is important is the “adjusted” wage gap-the figure that controls for all the relevant variables. That is what the new AAUW study explores.

In addition, there is all kinds of evidence that the White House and Hillary pay women less.

The real question is if big government should be in charge of giving women the advantages they would need to equal men? They want to give more freebies to make it happen, such as generous time off, even in the private sector.

The latest from the Hillary camp, which is a little off topic, is to give women Social Security though they never earned it. It’s a favorite idea out the the Soros Center for American Progress. As a women who sacrificed financially to get various degrees and who took time from my family to earn a living equal to a man’s, I seriously resent being told I have to pay for these women.

Here is a reality check from the Manhattan Institute on this social justice issue.

An April report by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research said that “There’s no reason that two groups — that have different educations and choose different occupations and chose different amounts of time at work — there’s no reason for them to be paid the same.” The institute said in a that after controlling for various circumstances, the gap “practically disappears.”


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