Will there always be a gender wage gap?
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|Tue, 08-14-2012 - 4:43pm|
According to an opinion piece in Bloomberg, it should never go away. Jezebel discussed it on their site:
That's the TL;DR version of National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru's Bloomberg op-ed on how the gender wage gap (which he calls an "obsession" of feminist groups) is NBD. "Here's the truth you won't hear," Ponnuru writes. "The pay gap is exaggerated, discrimination doesn't drive it and it's not clear that government can eliminate it — or should even try." Tell us more about how it's cool that we get paid less than our male peers, oh wise one!
Ponnuru's regurgitated talking points are nothing new: he says the gender wage gap is a result of how women choose to work fewer hours than men — "choices made by women concerning the amount of time and energy to devote to a career," because when they're off work they're probably just painting their nails and watching Real Housewives — and how they're more likely to "have gaps in their employment history and to enter lower-paying fields."
You can read their review of the piece at this link, it also contains a link to the Bloomberg article: http://jezebel.com/5934551/epic-mansplainer-wonders-why-women-cant-just-shut-up-about-the-gender-wage-gap-already/
They provide pretty compelling arguments that women's choices aren't the reason for the gender wage gap, that it's still their even for childless women, and ones just out of college.
Do you think that there is a gap in pay between men and women? If so, do you think that women can overcome it in the future?