Is the gender pay gap good for women? Phyllis Schlafly thinks yes.

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Is the gender pay gap good for women? Phyllis Schlafly thinks yes.
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Wed, 04-16-2014 - 1:11pm

http://www.christianpost.com/news/facts-and-fallacies-about-paycheck-fairness-117959/

"The pay gap between men and women is not all bad because it helps to promote and sustain marriages. Since husband and wife generally pool their incomes into a single economic unit, what really matters is the combined family income, not the pay gap between them."

Her conclusion statement essentially says that increasing wages for women have destroyed marriage in the US:

"The real economic story of the past 30 years is that women's pay has effectively risen to virtual parity, but men's pay has stagnated and thousands of well-paid blue-collar jobs have been shipped to low-wage countries. Nobody should be surprised that the marriage rate has fallen, the age of first marriage has risen, and marriage, in general, has become unstable."

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I think she has the beginnings of a valid point with "Since husband and wife generally pool their incomes into a single economic unit, what really matters is the combined family income, not the pay gap between them".  It really shouldn't be a big deal if a wife makes more than the husband or vice versa. The ratio of earnings in a relationship really shouldn't matter.  But that's a completely different subject than the pay gap - which is external to a marriage.  It's completely unrelated to marriage so the rest of her statements are pure bunk.

That said, I've stated before that I don't think the wage gap is as big as purported nor as big of a socio-economic issue as many are making it out to be.  The statistics often don't take into account gaps in employment, employment histories, years of experience, quality of experience and dedication to the job (to name a few).  I definitely believe there are some employers out there that pay some men more for the same work as an equally qualified and experience woman.  But I don't think that is prevalent enough to warrant legislation.  I'm afraid the legislation will lead to people (gender aside) getting paid based upon closing some unrelated gap instead of being paid for their role, their experience, their work ethic, etc.

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Oh, are we paying attention to what Phyllis Schlafly thinks now?  No, the gender pay gap isn't good for anyone.

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At least she didn't blame it on "the gays".

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No, of course it's not good for women.  Phyllis Schlafly's an idiot and always has been.

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Wait! She's still ALIVE?

Oh, and regarding her claim:  The increase in women's pay has not caused the rise in the divorce rate or the instability in marriages.

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This article is an example of someone who writes based on personal opinions and doesn't let facts get in the way.  For example:

"If a higher-earning man is not available, many women are more likely not to marry at all."--Really?  Do you really know a lot of women who would let an otherwise great guy go and choose to remain single just because they can't find a guy who earns more than they do?   I think unless there is a very big pay gap, most men & women really don't care who earns more.  

"In colleges, there are no gender separations in courses of study, and students can freely choose their majors. There are no male and female math classes. But women generally choose college courses that pay less in the labor market."--again, when I went to law school, 50% of my class was women and that was in the early 1980's.  There are plenty of women in law, medicine and other high paying careers.  According to the New York Times, women in certain high paying professions aren't earning the same as men because the people in those professions who work longer hours make more money (law, for example).  They compare that to pharmacy, where there is very little pay gap because of flexible scheduling.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/upshot/the-pay-gap-is-because-of-gender-not-jobs.html?_r=0

So her ultimate conclusion is that men should get higher paying jobs so that we can go back to a world where women won't have their own money and will have to be dependent on a man to support them?  I don't think so.