Feminism : Wage Gap.

  • The $ 0.23 gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of men and women working full time. So there is a difference right ?
    Well here is the thing that most feminist fail to bring to attention, this study did not undertake differences in occupation, position, tenure or hours worked per week by the genders. It is just the average difference period.
    So how does one still explain the difference. Well read on!
    This study is skewed, it does not factor in the fact that women tend to take more leaves than the male counterpart. One study shows that women work on an average 53 Mins for every hour and are more likely to take leave when compared to their male counterparts. So yes the study was always going to bring up the disparity!!
  • Women tend to prefer flexible timings and tend to lean towards more part time roles compared to men. Now before you come at me by saying isn’t society structured to prefer women to stay home and care for family. A behavioural study which was spread across years showed women in general leaned towards choosing flexible work hours and give more importance to their personal well being than their male counterparts.
  • To examine this further, let’s take a look into the medical field in the US. It was noticed that women made a conscious decision to choose low level/ entry level specialities like paediatrics or family medicine than dig deep into more complex streams like Cardiology, neurology etc. This simply goes back to the point of preference.
  • Claudia Goldin is a Harvard economics professor who has done some of the the most influential research on wage gap difference. She was on the freakonomics pod cast to discuss this and one point that stood out the most was “If anything, men tend to work somewhat harder. And I know that there are many who have done many experiments on the fact that women don’t necessarily like competition as much as men do — they value temporal flexibility, men value income growth — that there are various differences.”
  • Here is an example which Goldin mentions in the podcast : “ Consider a couple graduating together from a prestigious law school, and taking highly paid jobs at firms that demand long hours. The evidence suggests they’re likely to begin at similar salaries. But a few years later, Goldin says, one of them — more likely the woman — may decide to leave for a smaller practice with fewer hours and more flexibility in scheduling. In that new job, research suggests, she’s likely to earn less per hour than her partner. Goldin calls this phenomenon non-linearity, or a part-time penalty: the part-timer works half the time her partner does, but earns less than half his salary.”



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