I strongly believe the gender pay gap is a myth and that the studies that show a gender pay gap overlook tons of major factors that influence the divide such as maternity leave, and job occupations that are more taylored for men or women.
I mean, if women really are paid less than men, then employers would hire only women, since this is a financially better decision. It doesn't add up
- The gender pay gap is a mythVote A
- Women get payed less than men because they are women (sexism)Vote B
Most Helpful Girl
Many jobs which are mainly carried out by women and considered 'women's work' are the lowest paid in society, and afforded very little prestige.
There is also evidence of how jobs are valued, both economically and socially, based on gender, for example computer science was originally a very female dominated field, but became better paid and taken more seriously when more men became involved. Equally, when the natural sciences were male dominated, they were all considered to be difficult and valuable fields, however when more women became involved in Biology, the idea permeated that it was a 'softer science' than Physics or Chemistry.
The gender pay gap is also brought about by workplaces' treatment of parents; making it very difficult to progress or even hold your position in many workplaces if you have to take time off when starting a family and for childcare reasons, or even if you're considered likely to do this. Of course, if it were a societal norm for both parents, or parents of any gender, to require leave to care for their families, then this wouldn't be a gendered problem; but it is women who are expected to sacrifice their careers when they become parents, while men's gender roles don't include parental duties such as being the one to stay home and care for children when they are sick, or take over early childrearing after the baby is weaned, as is becoming more common in countries where the option exists for parents to split maternity/paternity leave equally between them if they choose.0
Most Helpful Guy
The gender pay gap is a rallying slogan for leftist political types to keep women riled up and make them vote for them. Never mind the reality is, as you point out, very different. You can take women doctors as an example. More women choose to go into specialties like family practice and pediatrics which pay less than specialties that more men choose to go into. But the keyword is "choose."0