Women Don't Need a Fair Pay Act

Rant 63

businesswomanLast week, Republican Senators, along with a handful of their Democratic counterparts, rejected the Paycheck Fairness Act. Supporters of the bill claim that this measure would bring pay equality to women and minorities in the workforce. Whatever that means.

Despite the whining from the media and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, there is no need for another bill demanding equal pay for women. Overall, the average man in the workforce makes more than the average woman, but when you take everything into consideration, it’s actually women that make more.

Statistics show that when all factors are considered -- experience, education, time on the job, etc. -- women make more money than their male counterparts. So why are women as a whole earning about 80% of what men are making?

Many factors go into determining the wage of an employee, and thanks to the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, and Lily Ledbetter, gender is not one of those factors. Women are more typically the primary caregivers, and many choose to take time out of the workforce to stay home with the children. It’s an admirable choice, and one that definitely qualifies as work, but expertly changing diapers with one hand or making the perfect playdate snack from a recipe you found on Pinterest isn’t exactly something you’ll put on your resume.

Even moms that work outside the home are usually the go-to person when the kids are sick, daycare is closed, or the nanny calls in sick. On average among fulltime workers (those working 35+ hours a week), men worked 8.2 hours while women only worked 7.8. Funny thing about employers – they like to pay people more when they work more.

Women are also more likely to pursue ‘fulfilling’ career paths, rather than one that will land them in a high-paying job. Women dominate the interior design field, and the average pay is less than $40,000 a year. Compare that to electrical engineering, where nine out of ten people with a degree in the field are male, and the average salary jumps to almost $80,000.

It’s a great time to be a woman. We have so many options available to us; no one can keep us from getting an education, casting a vote, or choosing our own career paths. It’s preciously that freedom that leads to the supposed wage gap. We are free to work flexible schedules without sacrificing motherhood, or to forgo the workforce entirely to stay home with the kids.

We don’t need more legislation to combat paycheck unfairness, because the only thing ‘unfair’ about our paychecks is how much the government withholds for taxes.


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corporations, discrimination, economy, feminism


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bills... billsfan1104

Carol, Why cant you just debate Jenny's points, instead of attacking her?  I guess that is because you can't.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

All public employees, which includes teachers, have salaries that are posted for the public to view. Anyone can see at any time what they make- it is no secret. Also, because of this, public schools pay on a sliding scale based upon multiple factors... pay is not something that is 'negotiated' by either a male or female teacher. If one was making more it was because they qualified differently.

I agree that in SOME jobs, companies view women as a bit of a hiring hazard. Statistically, however, this is supported time and time again. Companies have every right to do what is in their best interest to survive as well. But, in complaining about fairness- teachers should not be used as an example. It doesn't work that way... check out administrator pay, however- whole different ball game!

We still don't need a law to fix it- demand better from your employer, do a better job, or go somewhere else. If they don't treat you right, find different work. Particularly in those 'high power positions' where it is so obvious. If a female employer is as good or better than her male counterpart- there are good companies out there to work for.

Zangr... Zangrilli

What a load of crap. 

rubym... rubymoon57

I believe this bill was to allow women more time to file a discrimination suit.So when you discover you have been getting screwed for the last few years, you could file a lawsuit and not have it thrown out because you didn't complain with your first paycheck when you didn't know you were getting screwed.





Nunya, billsfan and AI-

In my state, all you have to do is look up the teaching pay scale, published on the state dept website- you look for education level and years experience- that's what teachers are paid by in Alabama regardless of subject. There are also stipends for after school work ie coaching, tutoring etc.

right... rightside

Awesome points and very well written article!  Nice job!

right... rightside

Nonmember comment from reyna7250
on Jun 10, 2012 at 1:11 AM

I'm a civil engineer and I make more than my male counterparts. My supervisor makes more than male engineers that have more experience than she does. We just work hard and know how to negotiate!


nonmember avatar Cynthia Ramirez

And for those of us who choose not have children? What is the difference in wages then chalked up to?

poppy... poppymuffin

Why would you choose not to have children? Parenthood is way more fullfilling than any other "job".

DebaLa DebaLa

Red herring. Gender pay gaps still prevail in same fields/industries. Try again.

To your argument that being a SAHM is a, what did you say... "admirable choice" [cough]? Uh, isn't that the mantra for conservatives... to stay in the kitchen and bedroom, barefoot and pregnant, where [we] belong??

That's right... there has never been, will never be, equal pay according your ideological lunacy. There should be a "special" tax just for that.

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