Do Women Really Make 23% Less than Men Doing the Same Work?
According to Mr. Elder, this is a flat out lie because the 77% figure is an across the board figure. After adjusting for differences in job experience, education, and other factors, the disparity shrank to only 5%. (That 5% figure comes from a 2009 Dept of Labor report.)In his last State of the Union address, Obama said: “Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job.”
Even the 5% disparity can be explained by non-sexist/non-exploitative factors.A greater percentage of women than men tend to work part-time. Part-time work tends to pay less than full-time work. A greater percentage of women than men tend to leave the labor force for childbirth, childcare and elder care.
Why is President Obama lying again?(M)uch of the literature, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics Highlights of Women’s Earnings, focus on wages rather than total compensation. Research indicates that women may value non-wage benefits more than men do, and as a result prefer to take a greater portion of their compensation in the form of health insurance and other fringe benefits.”
Mr. Elder thinks it's to advance the political narrative of a Republican war against women and that income inequality is a serious problem.