Is the Gender Pay Gap Real?


Is the Gender Pay Gap Real?
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I have heard a lot about the gender pay gap for a while; women allegedly make 70 cents to a man's $1. I have heard this ploy for years and have always wondered where people get this crap.

Simply, they just compare a women's salary to a man's salary without consideration for the type of job, years of experience, college degree, hourly pay, and if either of them worked overtime. Hypothetically, a man and a women work at the same welding plant; one welds big parts for car engines and the other welds the mistakes of machines to correct screws and bolts. Two slightly different jobs, same company, but different pay because of the difference of the jobs. If they both did the same job, they would be paid the same.

There certainly used to be a paygap, but now the paygap is nonexistent when a women and man work the same exact job and get the same exact hours with the same years of education and experience.

I work as a delivery driver for example; a lot of people I work with have been there for years, so they have gotten raises every year. I'm not gunna sit here and complain cuz I've only had the job three months and I make less than the people that have more experience and get more hours. Life just doesn't work that way.

Now, I'm not stupid enough to say there never was a pay gap between females and males; there sure as hell was in the 1900s and there still is now in certain countries. But I am specifically talking about the USA here, and not places like the middle east.

Some people (both men and women) believe that women pay 22 percent on taxes whilst men can pay a hell of a lot less than that and I simply know that to not be true; I'm a transgender male but am still legally female, so I have had to file my taxes three times, my fourth one is coming up. Did I pay 22 percent of my salary to the government? Oh, hell no. I paid the same percentage that my other coworkers did, which was 15 to 16 percent, and that does include male coworkers. (I'm not saying that everyone pays that percentage, it varies on occupation, salary wages for the year, and state.)

The The White House Equal Pay website: "full-time working women earn just 78 cents for every dollar a man earns.”

The American Association of University Women: “Did you know that in 2014, women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 79 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 21 percent?”

The National Organization for Women website: “For full-time, year-round workers, women are paid on average only 77 percent of what men are paid… Women still are not receiving equal pay for equal work, let alone equal pay for work of equal value.”

They do not take into account occupations, years of experience, and schooling. So it's basically like comparing a female waitress to a male welder; yeah, there's gunna be a huge difference, duh. Females and males do deserve equal pay and they have it; comparing a female and male welder that both have a full college degree, 10 years of experience, and work at the same plant with exactly 80 hours a week and do not have any overtime, they would make the same amount of money-the same paycheck. It's not about comparing females and males; it's about comparing the jobs they hold. If we are not taking their jobs into account, we can never have true statistics; but the actual stats support he claim that women and men are paid the same under laws and acts such as the Paycheck Fairness Act. So this thing has gone on for so long that April 12th is actually "Equal Pay Day," which allegedly symbolizes the myth of the gender pay gap. The whole point is to show how much longer a women will work to get the same salary as a man.

In 2013, The End of Men's author, Hanna Rosin, was quoted saying: "The official Bureau of Labor Department statistics show that the median earnings of full-time female workers is 77 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. But that is very different than “77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men.” The latter gives the impression that a man and a woman standing next to each other doing the same job for the same number of hours get paid different salaries. That’s not at all the case. “Full time” officially means 35 hours, but men work more hours than women. That’s the first problem: We could be comparing men working 40 hours to women working 35," and she was 100 percent correct.

Thanks for reading, hopefully someone found it useful to some extent.

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Scott Lavely
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