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Wage Gap Myth Exposed -- By Feminists


Business  (tags: Pay Gap Myth, Pay Disparity Debunked, Equal Pay for Equal Types of Work, Debunking Propaganda, Factcheck )

Paula
- 531 days ago - aei.org
As economists frequently remind us, if it were really true that an employer could get away with paying Jill less than Jack for the same work, entrepreneurs would fire all their male employees, replace them with females, and enjoy a huge market advantage.



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Paula M. (39)
Monday November 5, 2012, 10:24 am
From the article:





If you believe women suffer systemic wage discrimination, read the new American Association of University Women (AAUW) study Graduating to a Pay Gap. Bypass the verbal sleights of hand and take a hard look at the numbers. Women are close to achieving the goal of equal pay for equal work. They may be there already.

How many times have you heard that, for the same work, women receive 77 cents for every dollar a man earns? This alleged unfairness is the basis for the annual Equal Pay Day observed each year about mid-April to symbolize how far into the current year women have to work to catch up with men's earnings from the previous year. If the AAUW is right, Equal Pay Day will now have to be moved back to early January.

The AAUW has now joined ranks with serious economists who find that when you control for relevant differences between men and women (occupations, college majors, length of time in workplace) the wage gap narrows to the point of vanishing. The 23-cent gap is simply the average difference between the earnings of men and women employed "full time." What is important is the "adjusted" wage gap-the figure that controls for all the relevant variables. That is what the new AAUW study explores.
 
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