No, women are not paid less than men. Women choose to make less than men. It's common sense and it's commonly misunderstood.
First of all, the numbers you always hear about are such BS to anybody that spends more than 1 minute researching it. We commonly hear that women make $0.77 for every $1.00 men make. That's true, but do you care to know why? Because women work jobs that pay less. Nobody forces women to work these jobs, they choose them. And they can choose any job they want. And when women as a whole work jobs that pay more, woman as a whole make more relative to men.
If I were to tell you that the CEO of a company makes more money than the janitor of a company you would say that makes sense (unless you went to a government school (AKA: everyone)). If the janitor made $0.01 for every $1.00 the CEO made, that would be perfectly justified because the CEO is doing work which is more valuable and justifies a higher salary. But as soon as this same thing happens with women people get all flustered about it. People have a hard time with numbers and rational arguments, especially when politicians tell these women they're victims (where have I seen this before?).
The numbers you see talking about the gender pay gap do not take into account the type of work, the hours worked or even the supply and demand of the position. So in other words, these numbers treat all jobs the same. This is one of the most dishonest and manipulative things you could do. And for people to go around touting these numbers and these sources as facts are some of the most illiterate and/or deceptive people around. If you're older than a then you're used to this kind of logic.
Women take maternity leave. Women take more time off. Women work less hours. Women take less risks. And the list goes on. Why do I have to even tell you this? It's obvious. Women are built biologically different than men. Women have babies, men do not. This is why traditionally men worked while women stayed home with the children through their early years. If you want to work like a man, then work like a man. But you can't have it both ways. You can't expect to be paid like a man if you are not working like a man.
Women generally take on jobs that pay less than men. Women would much rather be a school teacher than an engineer or scientist. School teachers don't make as much as engineers because of something called supply and demand. There is a big demand for people to create products that make our lives better. This is why so many people love buying new iPhones. There isn't a big demand for school teachers. This is why school teachers make less than the people building iPhones. It's called markets. And markets represent what people want. And the very people arguing that they are mad about their wage are the very people choosing to buy products from high wage people and not low wage people. Earther logic.
Women also work less risky jobs. Men are stronger than women. This is a biological fact. Men can do construction or operate an oil rig better than a woman because these types of jobs require strength. Women aren't as strong so they're not going to do as well in these types of jobs. This is common sense. There are some jobs that are more geared towards women. You don't hear men complaining about that. Different people are better at different things. And different people have preferences for different things. All of these factors, as well as a whole number of other factors, go in to determining how much you make.
I hear about how there are very clear examples of an employer exploiting a woman and paying her less than a man. Yeah, and some men get exploited and paid less too. There are always exceptions. So? It's the general trend that matters. Of course some women get paid less. And if they don't like it they can quit. And if the business paying her less is doing it because she is a woman then it is really going to hurt them when she quits and they can't pay the next person the low wage. The market has a way of working all of these nuances out way better than any social justice warrior government ever could. Market forces take everything into account and all of these forces are built into the wage of the employee.
Women dominate the modeling (and porn and prostitution) industry but you never hear much about this. Women models are in much higher demand than male models and as such the price for female models is higher than male models. Why don't we ever hear much talk about this? Why aren't men screaming for equality in modeling and porn? Why don't men demand equal pay for equal work! After all, a man having sex in a porn film is doing just as much work, if not more work, than a woman. Why is he making less? I demand equality for all men! This is an outrage!! Or, it's just supply and demand. The market, as determined by where people spend their money, is much more geared towards women making more in these industries and men making less.
But of course, if none of this made sense to you then there is the most obvious point: if women really were paid 23% less than men for the same work, then rich, greedy, Capitalistic businessmen that you love to hate on would hire 100% women and save 23% on their salaries. Greedy, Capitalist pigs will sell their soul to save an extra 1% on an employees salary. So if the gender pay gap is so true then all of these Capitalists would immediately fire all their men and replace them with women. But they don't do that, you know why? Cause it's complete BS. Women are not cheaper. Men are not more expensive. People are people. And businesses and the market account for all the possible variations and preferences of people when calculating their wage.
If you don't like your wage quit. If you're getting exploited quit. If you're not happy quit. If nobody is hiring women then hire women yourself. Nobody is forcing you to work for them. And nobody is keeping you from paying women the same if they really are being exploited. It's all just lip service people like to pay because they would rather feel good with words than do good with actions. Way to go guys.Filed under: Politics / Government, Equal Pay For Inequal Work, Bad With Numbers, Reasons To Pay Less, Only In America, 23% Off Female Employees, Intelligence Gap, Greedy Women