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No, Women Don’t Make
Less Money Than Men

Daily Beast, by Christina Hoff Sommers

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Posted By:emilyj, 2/1/2014 4:30:57 PM

It’s the bogus statistic that won’t die—and president deployed it during the State of the Union—but women do not make 77 cents to every dollar a man earns. President Obama repeated the spurious gender wage gap statistic in his State of the Union address. “Today,” he said, “women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment.” What is wrong and embarrassing is the President of the United States reciting a massively discredited factoid. The 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings

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Reply 1 - Posted by: ersatzluci, 2/1/2014 4:53:19 PM     (No. 9714992)

This line from the article says it all:

"Much of the wage gap can be explained away by simply taking account of college majors."

Hard sciences and engineering majors for men. Psychology, sociology, arts, acting, etc for women. Seems self explanatory to me.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: LouD, 2/1/2014 6:28:44 PM     (No. 9715093)

Don´t forget Women´s studies. Now there´s a career that really in demand.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 2/1/2014 6:29:09 PM     (No. 9715094)

I suspect that my boss makes more money than I do. She´s a she and I´m a he.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: saguni, 2/1/2014 6:36:25 PM     (No. 9715106)

But there is one employer where that out-dated "statistic" is true....in 0bama´s administration, the average woman´s salary is $60K and the average man´s salary is over $71K.

That´s about $1,000 a month, I´m sure the women in his administration could use an extra thousand a month.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bighambone, 2/1/2014 6:46:08 PM     (No. 9715119)

Obama has an army of federal agents at his disposal 24/7. He should send them out to find that corporation that has hired a man and a woman for the same jobs and is paying the man and the woman a different wage scale that amounts to 77 cents for the woman to each one dollar that is paid to the man. Since Obama has been talking through his teleprompter about all that for so long and claiming that such a disparity is so prevalent, those agents should be back to the White House with the culprit right away.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: web, 2/1/2014 7:01:25 PM     (No. 9715132)

What idiots. You can´t compare the pay of ALL men to ALL women, since they work very different professions. They are always yammering on about Equal Pay for Equal Work, so compare the salaries of men and women working the same job. My boss earns about 3 times what I do, and does nothing, if she even bothers to show up for work. When she does, she sneaks in at 10 or 11 am.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: krause, 2/1/2014 7:52:15 PM     (No. 9715177)

Obama knows that dems will support him no matter what he says. He also knows that smart people know he is BSing. Obama is talking to the lofo´s, the ones he needs to stay on his side.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 2/1/2014 8:28:33 PM     (No. 9715209)

If women were really paid less for doing the same job as men, there would be no men in the workforce. What stupid company would hire them and increase their costs unnecessarily?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 2/1/2014 9:57:16 PM     (No. 9715282)

Liberals LIE. The wage gap is a lie. The actual small discrepancy could easily be because men, by nature, are more willing to tackle the nasty messy problems that come up in all businesses. It might be dealing with an angry customer or playing hardball with a supplier or pushing other employees to deal with problems. It is a valuable service to a company that someone will handle these types of problems and when raises are handed out an extra percent per year can add up over time. No one keeps track of these kind of differences so they are not going to show up in any analysis.

I like that the article emphasizes that women are taking the careers BY THEIR OWN CHOICE. They know the salaries associated with the job and they accept that to do the kind of work they want to do. And, as the article so rightly points out, it is the height of absurdity to suggest that modern US women are being programmed or pushed into stereotyped low paying jobs. That might have been somewhat true before 1950 but not after and certainly not now.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: brownshoepogue, 2/1/2014 10:18:05 PM     (No. 9715295)

CinC House and I are blessed with three over achieving daughters. Dash 1 a EE and Math major and is doing very well in corporate. Dash 2 was a Classics Major (Latin, Ancient Greek, etc) from a very prestigious college. She worked part time jobs for two years for low pay. She decided she would do what she really wanted since she was a young kid...fly mil jets. OBTW: mil pay is gender neutral. She is way happy and making pretty good pay. Dash 3 compared and contrasted dash 1 vs dash 2. She is finishing up her MechEng degree (she started out thinking she wanted to be a history teacher and changed course pronto).
My point: These three gals will make more than their age group cousins, friends and most of their peer age group regardless of gender. Of note: All three really enjoy working with men in their respective fields. No belly aching from them about pay inequality due to gender.
Life is about choices.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/1/2014 10:27:17 PM     (No. 9715304)

If this were truth, there would be millions of women dressed as men.

Does this have a hint of the fat O and her push for Denmark like socialism ?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 2/2/2014 12:46:57 AM     (No. 9715391)

Well, that brilliant Rachel Maddow, you know, the Rhodes scholar who just knows everything, does not agree with you Ms. Sommers, and instead asserts that your position, backed up by the facts you stated, is the "Republican belief system" and she has "racked her brain" trying to understand how they could possibly believer this. Oh wait, Ms. Sommers, you mean you´re not a Republican?

You´re a GASP Democrat!

Watch it, you might get wee´d on by your own sisters there girl.

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