When looking into the gender wage gap, you will often find most articles stating that for every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 78 cents. With this statement, you will almost find an equal amount of articles arguing this claim, and wage gap in whole, as false and/or a myth. For example, this article from CBS Money Watch is making claims of the gender pay gap being a myth, specifically the 78 cent difference. You can find the article here: The Gender Pay Gap is a Complete Myth. While the author, Steve Tobak, does state facts about gender job statistics supporting the no-wage gap argument, he fails to recognize the job statistics that prove that the wage gap is not a myth. A counter-article was made in response to this, this article is posted on the Huffington Post, written by Catherine Pearson, and can be found here: No, The Gender Pay Gap Isn’t A Myth-And Here’s Why.
A common argument made by Pearson to counter the myth articles, is how many of these articles cite that marriage playing into the situation justifies a wage gap. Pearson cites a specific statement made in a Washington Post article, “women who don’t get married earn closer to 95 cents for every dollar a man makes.” Pearson’s response to this, as seen in her article, is how it is ridiculous to say that a woman should make less than a male just because she wants to get married. While 5 cents is not 78 cents, it is still a gap.
Another great example that can be found within this article, is about the United States Women Olympic soccer team. Similar to the example in my other blog post about the U.S. Olympic hockey team, the women’s soccer team has also been a victim to the wage gap. According to Carli Lloyd of the U.S. women’s soccer team, when they won the women’s world cup in the summer of 2015, every member of the team received a $75,000 bonus. If the men’s team were to win the men’s world cup, every member of that team would receive $390,000 for a bonus, this is also according to Lloyd. While this is ridiculous in itself, the U.S. women’s soccer team generated more revenue than the U.S. men’s team, yet made a quarter of what the men made. That just simply does not make any logical sense.
In all, many will argue saying the wage gap is a myth, however there are many facts that bust this myth.
Kessler, G. (2015, April 02). The ‘Equal Pay Day’ factoid that women make 78 cents for every dollar earned by men. Retrieved April 05, 2017, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/04/02/the-equal-pay-day-factoid-that-women-make-78-cents-for-every-dollar-earned-by-men/?utm_term=.119b8d5ae39b
Pearson, C. (2016, December 13). No, The Gender Pay Gap Isn’t A Myth — And Here’s Why. Retrieved April 05, 2017, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/no-the-gender-pay-gap-isnt-a-myth-and-heres-why_us_5703cb8de4b0a06d5806e03f
Tobak, S. (2011, March 08). The Gender Pay Gap is a Complete Myth. Retrieved April 05, 2017, from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-gender-pay-gap-is-a-complete-myth/