Andrea Sturdivant|Tuesday April 12, 2016

Equal Pay DayOne of the most well-known arguments that people make about the gender pay gap is that it simply doesn’t exit.  Take this for example of the CBS Money Watch that argues The Gender Pay Gap Is a Complete Myth.

However, brushing off the pay gap as a fable was created by feminists who couldn’t understand the distinction of finance.  Also on Equal Pay Day is the day that marks how far women in 2016 have to work to catch up with what men had earned last year.  As we explore why pay equity has not simply been achieved and why the subject cannot be brushed off.

Did you know that pay gap has been argued on average from people all over the United States including men and women?  On average women in the United States make 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, arguing that it is a very deceitful underestimation.  According to a Washington Post 2015 article, there has been a few experts arguing that there is a wage gap but there are differences in the life choices of men and women.  Such as for women leaving the job when they have children.

Many people argue that the argument of “life choices” made by women are the reason behind the gap is, in itself is ridiculous.  Many women today like to choose to stay home or just cut back on their hours after having children.  However, a lot women don’t decide that. A lot of the time some women are pressured out because they can’t find a full-time job that offers and affords some kind of flexibility or they can’t afford child care.  In our society Americans remain contradictory about women working outside of the home.  Did you know that 30 percent of Americans still believe women should stay home after having children or be fulltime moms to care for young children?

The Gender Pay Gap, is a lot worse for women of color.  Black women in 2014 in the United States earned 63 percent of what white men made in this country were paid.  According to the National Women’s Law Center, Latina women earned 54 percent than blacks.  National women’s Law Center estimates that black women tend to lose more than $877,000 over a span of a 40-year career as an aftermath of the pay gap.  Also Black women will have less likely to have access to things on the job such as family leave and paid sick days and flexible work schedules.

When women enter traditionally male fields, the pay drops.  Another reason of brushing off the gender pay gap is to point out that women tend to work in lower paying job fields such as nursing, social work and teaching.  Research has shown that when women enter commonly “male” fields they make less money.

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