Another Day, Another Asinine Post On Jezebel
A blogger there named Doug Barry suggests that you "Express Your Outrage About the Gender Pay Gap with These Pithy E-Cards."
And there is a gender pay gap.
In 2010, young American women had a median income higher than that of their male peers in 1,997 out of 2,000 metropolitan regions.
Oopsy...was that the wrong pay gap?
When women do make less money, there are usually reasons:
--Women tend not to negotiate for higher pay the way men do.
--Women take time off to raise children and make children their priority.
For example, from this Kay Hymowitz piece on City Journal:
Let's begin by unpacking that 75-cent statistic, which actually varies from 75 to about 81, depending on the year and the study. The figure is based on the average earnings of full-time, year-round (FTYR) workers, usually defined as those who work 35 hours a week or more.
But consider the mischief contained in that "or more." It makes the full-time category embrace everyone from a clerk who arrives at her desk at 9 AM and leaves promptly at 4 PM to a trial lawyer who eats dinner four nights a week--and lunch on weekends--at his desk. I assume, in this case, that the clerk is a woman and the lawyer a man for the simple reason that--and here is an average that proofers rarely mention--full-time men work more hours than full-time women do. In 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 27 percent of male full-time workers had workweeks of 41 or more hours, compared with 15 percent of female full-time workers; meanwhile, just 4 percent of full-time men worked 35 to 39 hours a week, while 12 percent of women did. Since FTYR men work more than FTYR women do, it shouldn't be surprising that the men, on average, earn more.
...But proofers often make the claim that women earn less than men doing the exact same job. They can't possibly know that. The Labor Department's occupational categories can be so large that a woman could drive a truck through them. Among "physicians and surgeons," for example, women make only 64.2 percent of what men make. Outrageous, right? Not if you consider that there are dozens of specialties in medicine: some, like cardiac surgery, require years of extra training, grueling hours, and life-and-death procedures; others, like pediatrics, are less demanding and consequently less highly rewarded. Only 16 percent of surgeons, but a full 50 percent of pediatricians, are women. So the statement that female doctors make only 64.2 percent of what men make is really on the order of a tautology, much like saying that a surgeon working 50 hours a week makes significantly more than a pediatrician working 37.
And, really, as I've heard said before, if you can get a woman for 77 percent of the salary you'd have to pay a man, wow...who'd ever hire anyone male (save for all those dirty and risky jobs that women tend not to want)?
Oh, yeah -- and the e-cards are here.
Predictably, like Jezebel, they're tired, working too hard, and unfunny.