Women can’t “choose” to earn less than men if they aren’t given the same options

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I’ve been told recently that the wage gap doesn’t exist.

Since I am capable of doing simple math, I looked it up, and yes, $41,554 (the average woman’s salary in the U.S.) divided by $51,640 (the average man’s salary in the U.S.) results in a ratio of 80:100 or 80 percent.

The wage gap exists.

What that means is, on average, women earn 20 percent less than men. (This discrepancy increases as we factor in race, with black women earning 37 percent less and Latina women earning 46 percent less than white men.)

What it doesn’t mean, necessarily, is that…


How one female entrepreneur is helping women negotiate in business

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“You had the power all along, my dear.” -Glinda the Good Witch, The Wizard of Oz

My first day on the job, I got pulled over. My boss was in the passenger seat, and we were on the way to renew her license at the DMV. Focusing more on her email than on the road, she had told me to turn left.

Blinker on, in the middle of the intersection, I saw the words in their (unfairly small) red font: No Left Turn, 9am-11am Mon-Fri. But it was my first…


It’s objective fact, not something you “believe” or “don’t believe” in.

“The wage gap isn’t real.”

He said it with such assurance, a kind of conviction that made me want to punch him in the face. I tried to speak calmly.

“What do you mean the wage gap isn’t real?”

“It isn’t.”

“Saying the wage gap isn’t real is like saying socialization isn’t real.”

He looked at me like he had just learned I spoke a language he thought only he knew.

PSA: You can be feminist and be smart.

Here’s the deal. The way we talk about the wage…


What does it mean to be a woman? And what does it mean to be woman to a man?

Usually, when your boyfriend says a classic love song reminds him of you, it’s a cause for immediate celebration. Not for me. Billy Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman” was the song that my boyfriend said evoked my image for him and instead of celebration, the nature of the lyrics gave me cause for alarm.

In the song, Joel lists the complicated character traits of a woman he admires, citing characteristics that are hard to distinguish as either positive or negative: she…


What can the incel community, an online group of violent misogynists, tell us about modern gender relations?

I have a morbid fascination with incels.

Incels, short for “involuntary celibates,” are a group of men’s rights activists who blame women for their inability to find sexual partners. Incels and other members of the manosphere advocate for male supremacy, support rape, and have committed several mass murders motivated by their ideologies.

Despite the visceral emotional reaction I felt when I first heard about the violent actions and threats of incels, instead of running away, I have found myself digging deeper into their…


Can women fight for gender equality by adopting misogynistic language?

As soon as I met them, all I wanted to do was fit in with The Bros. My boyfriend and I had just started dating, and when he introduced me to his group of guys, I wanted to impress. I caught on quickly to their roast-your-friends sense of humor, and jumped into the arena with my skewers drawn. Within an hour of meeting them for the first time, I began dishing serious burns like I had known them for years. …

Grace Hawkins

Smart Feminist. Opinion and creative writer.

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