To curb the dangerous influence that feminists have been abusing, we discuss the gender wage gap myth and dismantle one hydra of modern-day feminism.
Today we start with the mythical gender “wage gap”.
If you google “wage gap”, your first result will state:
“In 2015, female full-time workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent.” (at least at the time that this article was written)
Through social justice warriors’ relentless efforts, the wage gap myth has snowballed and garnered much unwarranted attention (and thus validation) through the parroting rhetoric of left-leaning public figures such as president Obama and former SOS Hillary Clinton, among other silly platforms such as Hollywood celebrities’ twitter feeds.
It’s high time we tow the proverbial mythical wage gap line where it rightfully belongs; cyber trash (and we will touch up on the importance of this later in the article.) We hope to dispel this myth and reverse the dangers of manufactured femi-science (not dissimilar to pseudo-science.)
First and foremost, we have to point out that there is a difference when it comes to males and females making money. Because indeed there is a gap, but the gap is in earnings and not in wages; that is, females earn less money. This distinct definition, is of utter importance because it explains that there is a reason why “pound for pound” men make more money than women i.e. men as a whole, earn more than women.
When examining why this gap exists, and once we look at the data with some context, we can begin to understand the result of this particular natural selection.
Men work longer hours than women
As per the 2015 American Time Use Survey (through the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), men worked 8.2 full-time hours per day as opposed to women, who worked 7.8 hours per day. That’s roughly 14 extra hours of work per month. All things considered, this dictates that men in general allocate more time for work and are thus more likely to be incentivized and rewarded accordingly.
Men have longer careers
As men reach what’s labeled as the “encore years” (50’s and 60’s), men seem to be more apt at public engagement. Men are also more likely to take a self-employment route at that age. Case in point, Business Insider cites a research study that elaborates on why women retire sooner than men.
In addition, and according to a 2016 Beaureu of Labor Statistics report, men tend to have a longer tenure than women. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also released another American Time Use Survey, which found that baby-boomer women are exiting the work force at higher rates than baby-boomer men.
This is not to say that women are not hard working, there are also involuntary elements that push these tendencies; women are more likely to be forcefully retired due to layoffs than men in these years. Women also have poorer health than men in general during these stages as well. Adding to that, women have more caregiving obligations at that age also.
Men overwhelmingly work more dangerous jobs
It requires no citing of sources to showcase that men occupy far more dangerous jobs than women, it’s common knowledge. But we will cite this regardless;
In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries which clearly displays that the top 10 most dangerous occupations are overwhelmingly male driven.
As the majority of these jobs are considered either entry-level, of low-skill requirements, or physically demanding, one can easily determine that they are far higher paying than an equivalent countermeasure of female dominant jobs such as ones in the administrative, retail, or service oriented industries.
This also made official the “Occupational Fatality Gap”; as men are 20 times more likely to die at work than women are.
Women tend to earn degrees that pay less, whereas men earn degrees that pay more
According to Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, males choose career paths through majors that pay higher than ones chosen by females. That said, the ten most remunerative majors are occupied as follows:
1. Petroleum Engineering: 87% male
2. Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration: 48% male
3. Mathematics and Computer Science: 67% male
4. Aerospace Engineering: 88% male
5. Chemical Engineering: 72% male
6. Electrical Engineering: 89% male
7. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering: 97% male
8. Mechanical Engineering: 90% male
9. Metallurgical Engineering: 83% male
10. Mining and Mineral Engineering: 90% male
In contrast these are the 10 least remunerative majors:
1. Counseling Psychology: 74% female
2. Early Childhood Education: 97% female
3. Theology and Religious Vocations: 34% female
4. Human Services and Community Organization: 81% female
5. Social Work: 88% female
6. Drama and Theater Arts: 60% female
7. Studio Arts: 66% female
8. Communication Disorders Sciences and Services: 94% female
9. Visual and Performing Arts: 77% female
10. Health and Medical Preparatory Programs: 55% female
(The full PDF is available here)
More women have degrees than men today
There is a two-fold explanation as to why this matters, and albeit the headline, it’s a negative for women;
- Women for a long period of time, did not receive higher education. This in turn yielded decades of men climbing the ladder and padding their careers as women finally caught up.
- Although more women graduate with college degrees today, they tend to graduate with majors that pay less (as discussed above). Adding to this heap, is the fact that tuition has steadily increased, putting more women in debt and in a financial struggle. This is even cited by the AAUW (The American Association of University Women) as you scroll to the debt/pay off ratio. Interestingly enough, Asian women have a higher pay off ratio than white men as well as white women (Asian women earn degrees that are higher paying than degrees earned by white women).
Men make more money for their firms and are better at sales than women
When it comes to sales, men typically earn more income by working in industries that offer higher commission (automotive, medical devices, and financial i.e. stocks hedge-funds…etc.), where women typically work in industries that offer lower commissions (retail/consumer goods).
Women take more frequent and longer vacations than men
According to a recent survey cited in USA Today, women tend to take vacations every 10 months, where men take vacations every 12 months.
Men ask for raises more often then women
Via Business Insider, men also seek to aim for higher positions more often than women;
“Among senior managers, 60% of women said they want to be a top executive, compared to 72% of men. Women were also more likely to cite stress and pressure as one of the biggest reasons for not wanting to hold top positions”
One particular vehicle that seems to be stalling for women in this regard can arguably be pinpointed in the fact that women are less confident than men. This rings true even amongst highly successful businesswomen and world class athletes.
Earnings drop due to maternal leave as women take more time off.
However, the maternal vacation offered to women isn’t the only input that accounts for the earning gap; there is also the notion that maternal obligations in general tip the proverbial “wage gap” scale. In recent times, in accordance to the Office for National Statistics, the earning gap for younger women has been abridged as women in their 20’s and 30’s now earn more than men. The reason: women are delaying having families. This gap widens again as women enter their 40’s and 50’s.
Men work harder and sacrifice more for their jobs, whereas women tend to choose a more family-oriented/balanced lifestyle
The typical cliche you see in film where the workaholic father is continuously absent from family and while under extraordinary pressure, is not just theatrics. Males largely outnumber females in becoming workaholics.
In a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research where over 200 NYU students were surveyed, male students overwhelmingly listed earning growth as their primary objective/goal, where females stated stability and flexibility. Moreover, males in elite collages were 50% more likely to major in economics than females. And nationwide, men were four times more likely to receive a bachelors in engineering or computer science than females.
According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, mothers had a 1:3 ratio in advancing at their job positions as opposed to fathers. Men were also more likely to relocate, stay for longer hours, and sacrifice family time for work (and to be fair, as noted in this article, women contribute to a higher care taking obligation at home than men).
Even in the female dominated academia realm (where there actually is a true gender wage gap with women unfairly earning higher wages and chosen over men), men still manage to publish more papers than women.
Men are less complacent
According to a study by the American Sociological Review, and even though men typically have longer careers and longer tenure, men are quicker to change employers in order to advance their careers, whereas women tend to stick longer with their employers.
It is vitally important to recognize the context of this dispelled wage gap myth. Not only would it eliminate the dangerous moral hazard of “man-shaming”, but it also brings to light which of the elements ought to be mitigated in order for the earning gap to be diminished.
The question that is brilliantly asked by Dr. Warren Farrell (the only man ever elected three times to the Board of the National Organization for Women in NYC) is quite profound and logical:
“If men are paid more for the same work, why would anyone hire a man?”
It’s equally important to point out the injustices that are carried out against men in today’s society; because of a few lousy feminists (less than 5% of women identify as feminists), men are becoming targets of true inequality due to a very loudly skewed social microphone. This will be covered in Gendergate Part II.
With all that being said, dear women: there is no wage gap. You just need to work longer, harder, and stop majoring in gender studies.
Author: Fadi Malkosh
Fadi Malkosh is the founder of Network Radio.