Do women earn less than men? Not necessarily, study says

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  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    June 4, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    Finally some truth on this fiction which has been used by the left for years to create a wedge issue.

    Equal pay for equal work is in place. Equal pay for unequal work is discrimination, even if it is used to demand higher pay for women doing less skilled work, working fewer hours, or with less seniority.

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    June 4, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    This isn't news. There have been many other studies over the years that have come to the same conclusion. Yes, ON AVERAGE men make more but when the education, field, experience, flexibility are taken into consideration, the wage gap disappears. In some fields, the competition for women results in a wage premium.

    So is this something that needs to be "fixed"? First, we definitely need to encourage girls to take math and science. They need to be given the opportunity to investigate those fields but they really can't be forced. But those who do go into these fields will have employers falling all over themselves to get them. I have seen this first hand.

    The other issues is children. Unfortunately you can't be in two places at once and as long as women continue to be our primary caretakers, job flexibility will often be a feature women look for in a job for family reasons. This results in less experience and often less education (even if it is in a high paying field) and this will result in lower pay over the years. This is true for men as well.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    June 4, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    Who will teach the kids to pick up their toys, wash a dish have some personal responsibility. Blame it on the moon. That about the time that women left for work.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 4, 2013 12:24 a.m.

    Women and men have differen't interests in laege part. When I was in high school the AP physics class I was in was all boys. It's not that girls weren't interested in science, the biology classes had lots of girls. Given this it stands to reason that men and women fill different kinds of jobs in several areas.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    June 3, 2013 8:45 p.m.

    "But a new analysis of related data conducted by concludes that unequal pay for equal work is something of a **misnomer**."

    The use of the word "misnomer" in this context is incorrect, as it is in far too many other uses.

    Misnomer simply means a wrong or inaccurate of a word or name (from whence the portion "nomer" comes in Latin). The phrase/concept, "unequal pay for equal work" is neither a word nor name.

    A better term would be, "misconception", or "mistaken idea", etc.

  • 007 Layton, UT
    June 3, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    If so, than that is not fair. Nice editing Deseret News.