Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Gender wage gap has most to do with life choices, not sexism, studies find
Recently, an actress used an award speech to put some more spin on the disparity between male and female earnings in America. However, she twisted the facts to present a false narrative. To quote the US department of Labor, “[T]he differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”. So, there you have it.
The wage gap also came up in Obama's state of the union speech earlier this year. However, if it has not much to do with sexism, but instead is mostly dependent on life choices made by individuals, it can't exactly be legislated away, now can it? And if this phenomena is caused by different life choices, couldn't it also be said that women themselves are mostly responsible for the gap, as any individual should be held accountable for the choices that they have made?
Come on now, it's 2015. If the market is fairly awarding wages, why is there any need for government intervention? Is this issue just a rallying cry for certain groups at this point? Let me know what you think.