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Fake Lib Holiday - Equal Pay Day
Posted by: Jennifer ()
Date: April 06, 2019 02:58AM

So not being satisfied with perpetuating their Myth - LIE - that women make less money than men for equal work, the Libs have created a holiday to further the Lib Narrative -

LIB - Equal Pay Day - LIE -

Equal Pay Day's false premise begins with a Department of Labor statistic that shows that, on average, women earn 82 percent of what men earn. But this statistic doesn't claim to compare two workers in the same job, with the same level of experience, working the same hours. It merely totals up the earnings of all full-time working women and all full-time working men and compares them.

Equal Pay Day's lies: Insulting logic, a misleading statistic


Today, American women are assuming leadership positions in their industries, starting businesses, working hard, and pursing their own visions of happiness. They are succeeding as never before.

Yet women still, on average, earn less than men do. The creators of Equal Pay Day want to convince women that fact is evidence that, in America, the deck is still stacked against women, and the women and men who make employment decisions consistently short-change female workers out of old-fashioned bias. They declare today for Equal Pay Day, claiming that American women had to work until April 10th to make up for last year's wage gap.

That's an insult to American employers and harmful to women everywhere who deserve to know the real reasons for differences in average earnings so that they can make informed choices about their work life.

Equal Pay Day's false premise begins with a Department of Labor statistic that shows that, on average, women earn 82 percent of what men earn. But this statistic doesn't claim to compare two workers in the same job, with the same level of experience, working the same hours. It merely totals up the earnings of all full-time working women and all full-time working men and compares them.

It isn't trying to speak to “equal pay for equal work,” but rather compares the earnings of a female librarian, working 36 hours a week, for example, to the earnings of the man working 50 hours a week and risking life-and-limb manning a fishing boat. It ignores that men and women still tend to gravitate to different industries, have different work histories, and prioritize different job attributes when making career decisions.

For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Time Use Survey, full-time working men worked 8.4 hours on an average work day while full-time working women worked 7.8 hours. It is hardly surprising — or evidence of workplace discrimination — that someone who works an extra 3 hours a week earns more than someone who doesn't. In fact, that one factor alone explains about a third of the wage gap.

Women also choose jobs closer to home and that entail less physical risks. Men suffer the overwhelming majority of major physical injuries and casualties that occur on the job. It makes sense that those additional risks also garner additional rewards in the form of higher compensation.

Clearly, differences in the amount of time the average woman or man spends taking care of children plays a driving role. Society can consider why women and men make these different choices, but people shouldn't be surprised that these different decisions result in different levels of take home pay. They also shouldn't conflate the consequences of these different decisions with workplace discrimination.

Studies that control for factors like industries, hours work, and time taken out of the workforce show a much smaller gap between men and women's pay. This is important information for women to have: Women — like men — should be aware of how the choices they make about what to study in school, what jobs, industries and specialties to pursue, and how much time to dedicate to their careers will impact their long-term earnings.

Yet earnings are just one attribute that people consider when evaluating potential jobs and careers. Increasingly, people also want jobs that are flexible, allow them to work from home or pursue other interests, and that they find personally rewarding. Women, on average, tend to have different priorities than men do. That's not a mistake or a problem that society has to solve.

Equal Pay Day's false logic isn't just the misuse of a statistic that isn't meant to speak to workplace discrimination. It also implies that women are making a mistake when they prioritize job attributes and pursuits other than earning money, and that women will only be truly equal when they make decisions that mirror men's. That's not only wrong, but insulting.

Women shouldn't worry about what the statistics say, but should make informed decisions about the trade-offs associated with work as they pursue their own versions of happiness.

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Re: Fake Lib Holiday - Equal Pay Day
Posted by: Jennifer ()
Date: April 07, 2019 01:58AM

Pure politics: Myth of Equal Pay Day


Sabrina L. Schaeffer is the executive director of the Independent Women's Forum. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN)Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, the fictitious holiday marked by progressive women's groups as the point in the year women would have to work to make up for "lost" wages as a result of the so-called wage gap.

In the wake of Hillary Clinton's presidential announcement, the "holiday" has special meaning. Clinton's election will no doubt center on women voters, and the Democratic women's agenda centers on pay equity and fairness in the workplace.

Here's the thing: That 77-cent wage gap statistic is grossly overstated.

It's a comparison of averages -- comparing full-time working women with full-time working men -- that doesn't control for any of the important factors that go into determining one's salary such as education, profession, title, time spent in the workforce and time spent in the office each day, to name a few.

When we do control for these variables, a much smaller wage gap persists of about 4-6 cents, some of which may be the result of gender discrimination, but also is likely a function of women's choices and different behavior, such as not negotiating as often as men do -- factors for which economists simply can't control.

I frequently reference my own experience as a working mom with young children as an example of someone who not only made the "mistake" of majoring in history but then pursued a career in the nonprofit political world -- not exactly a winning combination if a high salary is the ultimate goal. Add to this the fact that I took time out of the workplace and worked part time to have a family, and my earning potential simply isn't as high as some of my male counterparts.

Still, conservatives -- and by extension Republicans -- ought to be paying attention to Equal Pay Day. Because for many on the right the midterm election victories signaled that the "war on women" narrative was over. That Democrats had overplayed their hand and that candidates such as Colorado's Mark Udall simply couldn't succeed.

In some respects, Republicans are right. Voters did choose policy substance over gendered rhetoric, and in many ways they rejected the insidious "war on women" narrative.

Bottom line: The "war on women" narrative hasn't been turned off -- it's simply shifted gears. And with the presidential election season just revving up, we can expect to see the "war on women" focus turn to the workplace, where Democrats will claim women are paid unfairly, not given the paid leave benefits they deserve and not given the child care support they demand.

Many on the right fear if they try to push back on the issue of pay equity they will be skewered in the polls. But nothing could be further from the truth.

The Independent Women's Forum conducted a randomized, controlled experiment on the issue of the wage gap, and we found that not surprisingly the progressive message in favor of the Paycheck Fairness Act -- a legislative "solution" to close the pay gap -- increased support for the bill but surprisingly was not effective at increasing support for Democrats. In short, if the right is silent on the issue, the left has the potential to win the battle but not the war.

It's tempting on days such as Equal Pay Day for Republicans to want to lie low -- to ignore the rhetoric and hope it will all go away by Wednesday. But the reality is that's the worst thing conservatives can do. The public is open to hearing the real story on pay equity, and conservatives need to be ready and willing to respond.

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