The fable of the “gender pay gap” and how it continues to propagate
I was reminded yesterday in a “report” from Cronkite News Service that “Arizona women earn 83 percent of what men earn; U.S. gap wider.”
Equal Pay Day is looming on April 12, and yet again feminists will be belittling me and the millions of other mothers who have committed the transgression of raising their own children. Meanwhile, they pretend to be doing us a favor by ignoring a clear, demonstrable fact: women’s choices in life are the reason women don’t make as much money as men. Yet they continue to harp on this non-story of “wage inequality because of gender” as if it were a real thing, and keep on deluding themselves that another law will magically solve their nonexistent problem. There is much more truth, real research (some from feminist sources) and clear numbers in this video from Christina Hoff Summers.
I can’t tell you how tired I am of this. To me it looks like feminists expect women to be paid for work they haven’t done. Private companies are expected to go along with this, and extend to women benefits and higher pay to compensate them for time spent away from work. Of course this makes no sense, as in the business world, one’s value to the company equals time spent working and expertise provided. As CHS pointed out in the video, if companies really did pay women so much less, then they would only hire women. But they don’t, y’know.
Yes, I realize women tend to work fewer hours and take more time off for reasons of taking care of their kids than men do. Most people are paid by the hour, so if women choose to work at their jobs fewer hours, then of course they will be paid less. Women understand this, but they want to ensure their children have proper care, and do as much as they can for their children. For many working women, nearly all their wages go to pay for child care anyway. This is their choice, and their business. I can remember a time when a potential job for me outside the home would have ended up with our household budget in the red, so I chose to stay home and provided my own child’s care at no cost.
One would think that if women truly wanted to work outside the home more, or take more of those traditionally-male occupations we always hear about, they would have done so in the fifty years or so since it first was designated as an “issue.”
Feminists have deliberately misrepresented this scenario for decades. There once was a time when feminists were thought to have some special knowledge the rest of us weren’t privy to, which explains at least a little of why women have been so gullible and accepted so much of what feminists have said as reality.
It does not explain why the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University flogs this story so often. Aren’t they supposed to be teaching student reporters to work in the real world? Or are they only teaching old Walt’s manipulative use of news? This story is an evergreen one for them, and as The Cronkite News Service, their stories are provided free of charge to news outlets needing content. This gives the fable even more exposure, as cash-strapped news outlets snap up CNS stories, thinking they are getting a quality product. Unfortunately for those news outlets and their readers, what they are getting is not a reliable news story, but only another feminist trope at the expense of truth.
Of course it’s not only CNS that continues to broadcast the “gender pay gap” every so often. News organizations from The New York Times to NBC to your local newspaper keep putting it out there, whenever there’s a slow news day, a book to promote, or yet another law moving through Congress or state legislatures. As a longtime Arizona resident and taxpayer, and past reporter myself, I resent seeing my tax dollars used to propagate fairy tales in the interest of feminist ideology, which has long since been outed as only a political ideology in use for social engineering.
As Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg said in a recent USA Today article, “My goal is very clear, and I wrote about it in Lean In, which is that women run half our companies and countries and men run half our homes.” Sorry, Sheryl, but people are not plug-and-play elements of society that will work according to the numbers. To believe any such goal can or will ever be attained is to ignore the quite real wants and needs of human beings — men and women both — who have their own goals, which may or may not be compatible with Progressive Left software.
Why not instead promote an ideal of respecting women’s choices, while recognizing that they are intelligent adults, fully capable of weighing all their options, and have no need for a paternalistic government intervention to determine their life paths?