Department of Labor: Gender Wage Gap a Myth

by Welmer on March 8, 2010

Every now and then the Federal Government does a decent job of getting to the heart of the matter. Actually, this happens more frequently than one might think. I used to work with a lot of government reports, and I found a number of them to be very professional, objectively written documents. The real problem is that our politicians too often ignore them. In fact, I doubt our politicians read many at all; they probably just have adolescent staffers write little summaries or talking points for them to use in support of one piece of legislation or the other.

While reading “The Gender Silent Majority,” an article written by Gordon Finley, I came across a link to a report produced under contract for the DOL that Dr. Finley claimed debunked the gender wage gap. Sure enough, when I took a look at the report the foreword concludes that any wage gap that may exist is almost entirely explained by differences in choices that men and women make, and that if all data were taken into consideration there is probably no gap at all.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

There are observable differences in the attributes of men and women that account for most of the wage gap. Statistical analysis that includes those variables has produced results that collectively account for between 65.1 and 76.4 percent of a raw gender wage gap of 20.4 percent, and thereby leave an adjusted gender wage gap that is between 4.8 and 7.1 percent.

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Research also suggests that differences not incorporated into the model due to data limitations may account for part of the remaining gap. Specifically, CONSAD’s model and much 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.

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Although additional research in this area is clearly needed, this study leads to the unambiguous conclusion that the differences in the compensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and that the raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action. Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.

This is a valuable, up-to-date report, and I’m glad I came across it. All too often, these conclusive findings are buried under the snow of polemic, so having them available for instant reference can be of great benefit. Fortunately, government documents are open source, so this report will be available from now on at The Spearhead as a resource for all readers who would like to use it to counter spurious feminist claims of unfair compensation for their labor.

Feel free to view or download the report at your convenience.

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KARMA MRA MGTOW September 14, 2010 at 03:17

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Tennille October 16, 2010 at 09:22

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Mark November 14, 2010 at 03:32

Um, Tennille, there is nothing stopping women from working construction, driving a truck, working in a factory or any other blue collar position.

Women have made it clear that they lack any desire to work those jobs. Go to a comfortable doctors office and tell me which sex is more likely to be behind the counter taking calls.

By the way: both of my parents worked. There was no glass ceiling for my mother. Oh, but she must be one of the few exceptions, right?

On a final note: OPRAH WINFREY!

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Anonymous December 3, 2010 at 19:49

If you are considering the end results are strictly based on the economically sufficient outcomes, and the idea that women “choose” not to work, I suggest you undertake some sociological research…please. I desired to become a welder…as a female… Nevertheless, I was informed that it would become relatively impossible for me to find commercial work…. instead I would be relegated to navy shipyard work (the lowest paying as well) As a traditionally male position, I would be a ‘disturbance’ in this field on account of my sex.
Please read this book:
http://books.google.com/books?id=u6hpaEiUsNsC&pg=SA3-PA62-IA27&lpg=SA3-PA62-IA27&dq=female+welders+discrimination&source=bl&ots=RTFCRgK5RF&sig=N9Beg_cdeqCqxvLoIm0RYbyZqro&hl=en&ei=sbj5TPudLIG78gbq2dHSCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false

Secondly, in terms of “women-oriented jobs”…such as the ones you’ve mentioned: secretary, and others such as nursing– women and men are socialized into thinking that men belong in positions of power and women belong in the “caring industry.”
In fact, research has demonstrated that women in the nursing industry encourage their fellow male nurses to get promoted… the glass elevator effect for men, the glass ceiling for women.
Again, please read:
http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/hdh9/e-reserves/Williams_-_The_glass_escalator_PDF-1.pdf

I highly stress that some sociological analysis be introduced, because you are missing some serious social elements impacting income… not JUST the presence of a vagina, but the everyday social implications and expectations of identifying as a woman.

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frankie February 7, 2011 at 23:07

Women still lie about this wage gap. How pathetic! With the way women perceive things, there would never be any sort of equality to their liking! I am glad I am living at a time when society is pushing back those feminists and hold them accountable. Men are coming at full force. Truth is what will finish off what is left of the feminism!

And yea Male nurses are encouraged to get promoted? Maybe he is just better? Of course as usual, the underestimating of men!

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Wade April 2, 2011 at 14:48

Notice how feminists always present “evidence” of this gender based wage gap in terms of yearly earnings, and NOT hourly wages. Hourly wages for the same work situations are identical, but yearly earning figures don’t show that women simply work fewer hours than men do in a year.

In terms of hourly wage, the “wage gap” would disappear, so naturally the feminists never want to show THOSE figures in their arguments.

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Jacob July 13, 2011 at 11:21

There’s plenty of credible studies which explain the wage gap myth such as:

Carrie Lukas: There Is No Male-Female Wage Gap – WSJ.com: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704415104576250672504707048.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
For Young Earners in Big City, a Gap in Womens Favor: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/03/nyregion/03women.html?ex=1186804800&en=e2194a99d32e0e6b&ei=5070&emc=eta1
Bias against men in the workplace: http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2006/jan/22/discriminationatwork.workandcareers
Why Men Earn More 1 – The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb_6v-JQ13Q
Warren Farrel – Wage Gap Myth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtjaBQMog0Q
The Inequality Illusion: http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=33197
The glass ceiling in women’s heads: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/camilla_cavendish/article3889912.ece?pgnum=5
The Ten Most Common Feminist Myths, myth #2: http://exposingfeminism.wordpress.com/the-ten-most-common-feminist-myths/
Women at the top of business outearn men: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08348/934974-28.stm
Pay gap between men and women is not due to discrimination but to their lifestyle choice, says study: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1079258/Pay-gap-men-women-discrimination-lifestyle-choice-says-study.html#comments

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Patrick August 10, 2011 at 13:56

One thing that struck me about this report was that they used part-time employees as they weighed the gender gap, and NOBODY does that. The wage gap is typically calculated using full-time employees from both genders, so arguing part-time hours for women as an explanation for the wage gap is… silly. Found a succinct blog that sums up some of the report’s failings:
http://www.amptoons.com/blog/2010/11/26/how-the-consad-report-on-the-wage-gap-masks-sexism-instead-of-measuring-it/
Peruse as you like!

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Spacialist March 8, 2012 at 04:40

“…an err no matter how oft repeated does not the truth become.”

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scott May 20, 2012 at 21:57

Wow there are some bigoted posts. As a current professional, but former welder, it is true that women are not accepted the labor intensive work place. They are thought not strong enough, complete bull, they are thought to take too much sick time, also bull, the ignorance of male posters, and the GOP in general is amazing.

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