OPINION | There Is No Male-Female Wage Gap | Oh really?!

Posted on April 12, 2011


      There Is No Male-Female Wage Gap | WSJ

      In a 2010 study of single, childless urban workers between the ages of 22 and 30, the research firm Reach Advisors found that women earned an average of 8% more than their male counterparts.

    Wow, really?! Did you find that out. Who would’ve thought?!

    How then do you account for the REST of the Working population. And WSJ, seriously?! You headlined that like it was groundbreaking. A study of “single, childless urban workers between the ages of 22 and 30″ is hardly a measure of the ENTIRE SCOPE of what a workers wage gap would look like.

    The entire article (OPINION, I understand) is dependant upon two factors in proving its legitamcy:

    1) An assumption formed from a statistic:

      “The Department of Labor’s Time Use survey shows that full-time working women spend an average of 8.01 hours per day on the job, compared to 8.75 hours for full-time working men. One would expect that someone who works 9% more would also earn more. This one fact alone accounts for more than a third of the wage gap.”

    But does working more hours prove that a worker is more valuable? My generation of workers might contend that those workers are simply less efficient. Do wages compensate for that? Hence my claim that this is an incomplete assumption that cannot carry the weight of the claim it is attempting to support.

    2) As a study that covers only a small portion of workers and the president of the company that has authored these ‘findings’ had the following to input when contacted on the subject:

      “Not so fast, says James Chung, president of Reach Advisors, the market research firm that plucked this set of statistics from the thickets of the census reports.”

      “As life gets more complicated, they will face trade-offs.” The real question is what will happen as they move through life stages,” says Chung.”

    MY POINT IS THIS: What percentage of the female work force does that statistic really represent? I would have to say it’s pretty small and therefore not deserving of all the fanfare it’s received. Not so much the awesome feminist breakthrough. Sorry single, childless ladies… the rest of us still want a raise. :P

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