The Gender Pay Gap Lie – Let’s Clear It Up

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Aren’t you sick of the gender pay gap lie? The 23-cent figure is simply the difference between average earnings of all men and women working full-time.

Let me clear something up for you feminists, espousing that “77 cents on the dollar” gender pay gap mantra which, like a broken record, is played on endless repeat.

The 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. It does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure, or hours worked per week.

When all these relevant factors are taken into consideration, the gap narrows to a considerably less severe five cents. The two following listings make a world of difference by correctly identifying the source of the gender pay gap.

The Gender Pay Gap Lie: Exhibit 1

The most well payed jobs are typically sought after by men. Many of these jobs often require them to stand for extended periods of time, work in noisy conditions, and function in many different weather extremes. They can also be very physically taxing. The point is, lots of women either just can’t stomach these jobs, or they have no outright interest in them. But nothing is stopping women from taking these jobs if they choose to pursue them.

1. Petroleum Engineering: 87% male
2. Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration: 48% male
3. Mathematics and Computer Science: 67% male
4. Aerospace Engineering: 88% male
5. Chemical Engineering: 72% male
6. Electrical Engineering: 89% male
7. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering: 97% male
8. Mechanical Engineering: 90% male
9. Metallurgical Engineering: 83% male
10. Mining and Mineral Engineering: 90% male

The Gender Pay Gap Lie: Exhibit 2

Meanwhile, women occupy some of the lowest paying jobs. These jobs often allow amenities to sit for extended periods of time, work in temperature-regulated and air-conditioned offices, have moderate-to-low amounts of noise and stress, and often have higher degrees of personal satisfaction going into one’s own work. Together, these help to offset the drawbacks of having a lower paycheck.

1. Counseling Psychology: 74% female
2. Early Childhood Education: 97% female (WOW)
3. Theology and Religious Vocations: 34% female
4. Human Services and Community Organization: 81% female
5. Social Work: 88% female
6. Drama and Theater Arts: 60% female
7. Studio Arts: 66% female
8. Communication Disorders Sciences and Services: 94% female
9. Visual and Performing Arts: 77% female
10. Health and Medical Preparatory Programs: 55% female

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Repeat exhibits 1 & 2 if you are still lost

It just peeves the hell out of me when people continue to espouse incorrect “facts” about the discrepancies in gender pay without truly understanding the situation at hand. Especially when they do it over and over and over again.

It has nothing to do with discrimination or sexism. The jobs women choose are conscious choices. Nobody is forcing them to be an early childhood teacher. They do it because they want to. Constantly exploiting women’s deliberate choice to pick lower-paying jobs to achieve a personal agenda? Honestly it makes me embarrassed for “feminism”, and I’m sick of the gender pay gap lie.

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  • sputnik

    Bingo.

    Just discovered this site. Excellent article, straight up. Thanks.

    • Gary Meadows

      This article is a lie.

  • Gary Meadows

    Unfortunately, I wish the author of the article would care to use citations and evidence to backup his claims. Also, it would be nice if the author would identify himself. To boldly say the gender pay gap is a lie, goes against literally hundred and thousands of factual data, not only supported by big data such as Google, but also by private firms such as glassdoor and evidence backed up my pay wage gaps in other countries. The author uses granular, focused data from specific jobs to help backup his claim. However, the fact remains women in positions of power, the same jobs, and the same duties receive much less pay. Point in fact, look at the 90% male dominated role of the CEO, compared to the 10% of female CEO’s who receive much less pay from stockholders and public companies. Sorry, but this article is a lie, and a wicked one at that.

  • Emme

    Funny….