Does the wage gap exist?
by josh_cifelli5817 on October 16, 2016 - 10:59pm
Does the wage gap exist? Yes but not at the 79 cents per every man’s dollar like people keep quoting, its actually 93 cents per every man’s dollar. People say its 79 cents because of a study that doesn’t account for the fact that women are generally in lower paying jobs. If you compare men and women at the same jobs then it is about a 7% difference on average instead of the 21%. Part of the reason for this can be because businesses have to give employees at most a 12 week unpaid leave (which is 23% of the year) where the employee cannot be fired because of: “The birth of a son or daughter of the employee and in order to care for such son or daughter; the placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or foster care; care necessary for one’s self or a son or daughter, if he or she has a serious health condition.” According to legalmomentum.com. This makes sense because some things warrant some time off but it is at the cost of the business. Granted it is not a paid leave so the business does not have to pay anything but they do have to replace that person with a temporary worker which needs to be arranged which takes time out of other people’s days and then there is paper work which is more time which costs the business. However I think that this no excuse for the 7% difference, there should be equal pay across the board. However I do not think this is as big of an issue as people make it, it is only 7% which has decreased from about 60% in the late 1970s according to Robert J. Samuelson and it will keep decreasing. This is due to the fact that companies will start to market equal pay so that they get better female employees than their competitors which is a common practice for other things like offering 10 cents more than minimum wage for a minimum wage job. There are also high paying jobs where females are sought for like in the tech field. According to Alyson Shontell women just out of college in the tech field are on average earning $62k versus men who earn $60k. This is because companies want diversity in their company and studies have shown that women are generally better at programming (which as a prospective programmer I was disappointed they earn more). This is because they are generally better communicators which is extremely important when there are 5 programmers who have different techniques yet they must work together on 500 lines of code. Also unmarried women actually earn more than unmarried men and the women who own businesses make less than half of what male business owners make which is because money is the motivator for 76% of men versus 29% of women according to Steve Tobak. Women generally prefer less work periods among other luxuries which I agree with because I would want some free time to, that’s why I try to be successful! There will never be completely equal pay because men and women are different, it is not a bad thing, just a fact. Generally speaking women are better at certain things than men and somethings men are better at, it is how we work and it is a good thing. We have always worked that way that’s why we mate for life, men and women complete each other so I don’t think 7% is that big of a deal but I do think it should go down some more.
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