For years feminist, politics, celebrities, and social
justice warriors have been adamant about the gender wage gap being false. Some
people believe that there is a gender wage gap and they will not have people
tell them there is not. The gender wage gap movement started in 1980 when Lily
Ledbetter discovered she was being paid lower than her male counter workers
(Merino). She then went on to start a movement about all woman should be paid
the same amount as men (Merino). This then became what is now considered the
gender wage gap. I believe that there is no gender wage gap. There is no gender
wage gap because people do not consider personal choice, occupation, position, education, or hours worked per
The way people tell there is a
supposed wage gap is by taking the median annual salary of all full-time
working females and dividing it by the median annual salary of all full-time
working males and getting the 77 cents to the dollar, where woman make 77 cents
to a man’s dollar. ‘If, for the same work, women make only 77 cents for every
dollar a man makes, why don’t businesses hire only women (Sommers)?’ Wages are
big expenses for a business. Therefore, hiring women would decrease expenses
tremendously. This would also end the current wave of feminism. The current
wave of feminism targets mainly the gender wage gap, because they believe in
equal pay between the two sexes, and yes, there are only two sexes.
When it comes to the gender wage gap, personal choice is a
big, maybe the biggest, variable when it comes to the gender wage gap. Men and
women make different choices on an everyday basis. Men, in college, generally
target majors that deal more in money and self-succession, while females
generally target majors that deal more with child or elderly care. Women also
target majors that let them stay home more often to take care of family matters.
A study completed by Georgetown University, took the 5 best and worst paying
jobs and gave the percentage of men and women in those fields (Sommers). In the
5 best paying jobs females outnumbered men in one category, pharmaceutical
sciences. In the 5 worst paying jobs men outnumbered females in one category, theology
and religious vocations.
In the same occupation men and women will make extremely
different choices that determine how well they will do. Women will make choices
that will prevent them from moving around a lot. But men are more likely to
move to a place that grants them more revenue. Men are more willing to accept
overtime work. Men also are 60% more likely to ask for a raise rather than a
female (Merino). But females have a greater chance at receiving a raise if they
were to ask. A study was shown that 70% if women who asked for a raise received
a raise, while only 60% of men who asked for a raise received one (Olson).
There is only a ten percent difference, but this shows that women do have an
advantage over men.
But why is it that men and women get paid differently even
though they are in the same field. Take nursing for example. Men make 18% more
than females (Sommers). Men choose better paying specialties in the field
rather than women. Men are also more likely to find a job in city with a higher
salary(Sommers). If there were two people in the same field, same education,
same position, same hours, companies will pay the other person more if they are
willing to be on call (Sommers). Men and women will make different choices
every day. Personal choice is one of the biggest variables when it comes to the
gender wage gap. If the option set is disagreeable, choice does
not serve to clear differences(Olson).
The gender wage gap is a myth. The media, consisting of
politics, celebrities, feminists, and social justice warriors, are oblivious to
the facts that are presented to them. There are too many variables to calculate
a wage gap between the genders. Men and women with the same occupation, same
education, same hours, and same position, one of them are going to be paid more
because of their personal choice. So, if there is a gender wage gap, it is
small enough to the point of vanishing when given all the factors and variables
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Olson, Kristi A. “Our
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