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Mainstream News Debunks the Gender Wage Pay Gap

Mainstream News Debunks the Gender Wage Pay Gap

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Don't expect the myth to die yet though.
Don't expect the myth to die yet though.

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Published by: diligentpurpose on Sep 19, 2013
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The Gender Pay Gap is aComplete Myth
According to all themediaheadlinesabout anew White House report, there's stillabig pay gapbetweenmen and women in America. The report found thatwomenearn 75 cents for everydollar menmake.Sounds pretty conclusive, doesn't it? Well, it's not. It's misleading.According to highly acclaimed career expert and best-selling author,
Marty Nemko
, "The datais clear that for the same work men and women are paid roughly the same. The media need tolook beyond the claims of feminist organizations."On a radio talk show, Nemko clearly and forcefully debunked that ultimate myth - that womenmake less than men - by explaining why, when you compare apples to apples, it simply isn't
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true. Even theWhite House report: Women in America: Indicators of Social and EconomicWell-Beingexplains why. Simply put, men choose higher-paying jobs.Here are 8 reasons why the widely accepted and reported concept that women are paid lessthan men is a myth. The timing couldn't be better - today's
International Women's Day 2011
.What better time to empower women with the truth instead of treating them like victims. And, incase you're wondering, Nemko's source of information is primarily the U.S. Bureau of LaborStatistics - rock solid.
 Why the Gender Pay Gap is a Complete MythMen are far more likely to choose careers that are more dangerous
,so they naturally pay more.Top 10 most dangerous jobs(from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics): Fishers, loggers, aircraft pilots, farmers and ranchers, roofers,iron and steel workers, refuse and recyclable material collectors, industrialmachinery installation and repair, truck drivers, construction laborers. They're allmale-dominated jobs.
Men are far more likely to work in higher-paying fields andoccupations (by choice)
. According to the White House report, "In 2009, only 7 percent of female professionals were employed in the relatively high payingcomputer and engineering fields, compared with 38 percent of maleprofessionals." Professional women, on the other hand, are far more prevalent "inthe relatively low-paying education and health care occupations."
Men are far more likely to take work in uncomfortable, isolated, andundesirable locations
that pay more.
Men work longer hours than women do
. The average fulltime working man works 6 hours per week or 15percent longer than the average fulltime working woman.
Men are more likely to take jobs that require work on weekends andevenings
and therefore pay more.
Even within the same career category, men are more likely to pursuehigh-stress and higher-paid areas of specialization
. For example, withinthe medical profession, men gravitate to relatively high-stress and high-paying
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areas of specialization, like surgery, while women are more likely to pursuerelatively lower-paid areas of specialization like pediatrician or dentist.
Despite all of the above,unmarried women who've never had a childactually earn more than unmarried men
, according to Nemko and datacompiled from the Census Bureau.
 Women business owners make less than half of what male businessowners make
, which, since they have no boss, means it's independent of discrimination. The reason for the disparity, according to a Rochester Institute of Technology study, is that money is the primary motivator for 76% of men versusonly 29% of women. Women place a higher premium on shorter work weeks,proximity to home, fulfillment, autonomy, and safety, according to Nemko.It's hard to argue with Nemko's position which, simply put, is this: When womenmake the same career choices as men, they earn the same amount as men. As faras I'm concerned, this is one myth that has been officially and completely busted.Maybe you should celebrate
International Women's Day 2011
by empowering women with the truth instead of treating them like victims ... whichthey're not.
Update 3/18/11:
 A reader was kind enought to send me a link to " An Analysis of Reasons for the Disparity in Wages Between Men and Women" prepared, undercontract, for the U.S. Department of Labor in 1/09:"This study leads to the unambiguous conclusion that the differences in thecompensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and thatthe raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action.Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may bealmost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male andfemale workers."
Update 4/16/11:
There Is No Male-Female Wage Gap- Carrie Lukas, The WallStreet Journal.
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