So there’s this argument out there that women make, on average 77 cents to the dollar compared to men and the reason is because they work fewer hours. There was this thing on “Meet the Press” where Rachel Maddow made the case for it and perpetual cool dude Alex Castellanos kept saying the reason there’s that gap is because women typically go into different, less-paying jobs than men, who primarily go into engineering and science, I guess. He even says:
Women, it turns out, want more flexibility in their careers and more time for children and family than men do. Perhaps a better way to understand the data is this: Women work as much or more than men but prefer to do more of their life’s labor outside the business and inside the home.
Such generalization is infuriating.
So the truth is that CNN did a little digging and got Census Bureau data that says that if you have a woman and man with the exact same qualifications and the exact same education and is working the exact same hours, there is still a wage gap. It’s not 77 cents, but it’s 95 cents.
It’s not as big of a gap, BUT IT’S STILL A GAP. WHY IS THERE A GAP? Why are Republicans saying that the “War on Women” (which is a term I don’t really care for) doesn’t exist and that questioning these types is creating “a problem we do not have, and unknowingly fabricating evidence.”
This is a problem. It’s a pretty fucking big one. To repeal Equal Pay legislation is to deny civil rights. We’re not making this up to spark controversy; IT ALREADY IS A CONTROVERSY and it needs to be. The evidence is there.