Study: Gendered pay gap is getting worse

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  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    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.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    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

  • Sasha Pachev Provo, UT
    March 12, 2013 1:32 p.m.

    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?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2013 12:44 p.m.

    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.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    March 12, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    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.