Yes, I actually have studied the issue for years. Women have made huge strides. They outnumber men in medical school, they outnumber men in university programs, and they live longer than men.
There are no reliable statistics regarding income for women business owners, many of whom make far more than they would in a salary role. The reality is that we do not have numbers, only made up estimates by statisticians, 25% of whom admit that they have had clients ask them to manipulate data. According the the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet, more than half of the articles printed are faked. If the two most respected medical journals in the world cannot get their facts straight, then I hardly trust a sociologist with an agenda to accurately report the state of the world.
The feminists have argued that women earn less than men and as I explained above, this is why. There are too many hard core jobs that women do not want to do or physically cannot do. Equal pay for equal work has nothing to do with wage gaps between men and women because statistically, women will earn less income because they do not participate in the high paying positions. And maybe we need to stop worry that there are not enough female engineers and accept that the reason is lack of interest by women, not lack of opportunity.
As for the comments about someone’s daughter, there are probably other factors that have come into play. Having a couple degrees means nothing in reality. It comes down to who can do the job better and who works best with the boss and the team. Regardless of your personal anecdote, I can list 20 women friends and acquaintances who earn more than their male counterparts doing the same work. I do not know of any women in my group of friends who has complained that she has earned less than a man for doing the same job other than a few Realtors whose sales are based on commissions and their ability to sell a product.
Women with children earn less because they work fewer hours. They work more flexible, low paying jobs so they can be home with their kids or take care of them in emergencies. Some jobs cannot be done by a working parent. It is not discrimination, it is reality. A job that requires a lot of travel or wining and dining clients is not the right job for a working parent. It might be glamorous and pay more, but the company knows that they will lose money or clients if a parent misses work to take care of their child. It is not a judgment, it is economic reality.
I am tired of women playing the victim card. When you make yourself a victim you lose your power. If a woman feels that she is being discriminated against based on gender, she has the right to take it to the labor boards in Europe, Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and a host of other countries. If she chooses to sit in silence, that is her problem. In this world of instant social media shaming, any company discriminating against women can expect a huge backlash, which is why so many companies have diversity programs to make sure that doesn’t happen.
According to a new analysis of 2,000 communities by a market research company, in 147 out of 150 of the biggest cities in the U.S., the median full-time salaries of young women are 8% higher than those of the guys in their peer group. In two cities, Atlanta and Memphis, those women are making about 20% more. This squares with earlier research from Queens College, New York, that had suggested that this was happening in metropolises. But the new study suggests that the gap is bigger than previously thought, with young women in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego making 17%, 12% and 15% more than their male peers, respectively. And it also holds true even in reasonably small areas like the Raleigh-Durham region and Charlotte in North Carolina (both 14% more), and Jacksonville, Fla. (6%).
From Time i am not allowed to post links.
Almost a third of working women nationwide now out-earn their husbands from a link at psychcentral dot com
Put “women earn more than men” in a non-Google search engine and see what comes up. You will be surprised.