Evaluating theatlantic.com

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Kathy Brugger, the past president of the National Federation of Republican Women (2014–2015) and longtime Republican activist, writes an article explaining why the 80 cents to a dollar gender wage gap is inaccurate and misleading. In her article, “The Gender Wage Gap Is Often Overstated”, published on May 21, 2014, Brugger points out the difference in how women and men use their time, both at home and at work; and how that affects the inaccuracy of the overall wage gap. Brugger uses the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) in order to argue that taking the overall average of these wages is not accurate because many more women work part time and fewer hours when compared to men. The author states that when looking at wages on a weekly or hourly basis, the wage gap is virtually non-existent. By her use of hyperlinks and given credentials at the end of the website, Kathy Brugger proves to be trustworthy and credible.

The Atlantic is an American magazine that revolves around politics, business, technology, entertainment, and culture. In this article, the author’s information and credibility can be found at the end of the article.

Although there is information on Brugger on the article itself, it only is a brief summary of what she did during her lifetime. It also seems to be the only piece she has ever written that is published on theatlantic.com when you click her name at the beginning of the article. There are no other links or contact information to learn more about what she does. However, by searching her name on the web, one can find out more information on her.

Purpose

The author’s intended audience for this article would be specifically women and all of those who believe that the gender wage gap exists. Brugger wants people to realize that the information that is currently being fed to the public about the wage gap is wrong and misleading. She wants to make sure that the public is correctly informed about what is actually happening when women and men’s salaries are being compared.

Credible Sources

Throughout the entire article, the author’s arguments are supported by a good variety of sources and information that she also hyperlinked. She also mentions another article from the Washington Post to help support her argument. The Washington Post is a known reliable source. The article is unbiased with all arguments presented in a clear and thought out manner, until the end when the author states that Republicans strongly support certain issues like equal pay for equal work, the Equal Pay Act and women who either choose to work or care for children.

The information presented in this website by Brugger is credible because her arguments are well researched, giving more than plenty of statistics and facts about the different factors that go into determining the actual gap. She also has good sources, hyperlinking where she got all her information from. I took a good look at all her hyperlinks and the majority of them are government websites, such as The Bureu of Labor Statistics and The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, further proving the credibility of her sources.

Conclusion

Even though this article was written back in 2014, the facts and statistics of women and men’s salaries does not change by a big percentage within a time span of a couple years. All the information is presented in a clear and organized manner. All in all, TheAtlantic is a credible website because both the author and her information prove to be credible and reliable.

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