Whenever I see a report like this from a group with as sexist as name as,
"Institute for Women's Policy Research", I need to stifle a cough
of incredulity.There have been so many other reports from studies I
find much more reliable and with very different, even contradictory conclusions,
I'm left to rely on my own experience.My experience is that
many women I've known do indeed earn less than many of the men I know.
But, that is because they have careers which, traditionally and for reasons
perfectly conforming to the rules of supply and demand, have compensation rates
that are relatively low.My experience is also that the wage
disparities have been consistent whether the people involved are male or
female.That is, female software engineers, for example, make more
than male food servers, and vice versa.So, my advice is look to the
job rather than the gender if you want to figure out how to earn more money.
Studies like these - which pick only those facts that prove the earth is flat -
end up hurting the cause'The little feminist who cried
victim' is her own worst enemy
What is the big deal? I think we are making a fundamental mistake by trying to
force equality assuming that if women are getting paid less for sure there is
some kind of unfairness. Do we believe in free market? Is there anything that
prevents the concerned equally capable women from teaming up and forming a
company that pays women according to their idea of fairness, eat up all the
talent in the field, and crush their competition? Why do they have to resort to
politics to fix the issue?Perhaps because the free market is not on
their side. Same job description and same degree do not equal same productivity
and the market knows it. Can we accept the fact that men and women are different
and men on average are better suited for professions that involve physical
strength, certain types of analytical reasoning, and plain ability to fight for
blood? Can we take care of our women without forcing them to complete against
men in those jobs? Will the real men man up and take care of their wives?
True statement--female doctors make less than male doctors. However--most
females aren't selecting residencies in Cardiothoracic Surgery,
Neurosurgery, etc. Guess what? Male family-practice physicians don't make
as much as male (or female) neurosurgeons. I wonder why.
This type of study is a waste of money because it looks at all women, not women
in specific career fields.If women are employed in more of the lower
paying administrative jobs, we would expect them to have a lower overall average
when compared to the men that are in the dangerous jobs or else the higher
paying executive jobs.