Does a gender wage gap even exist?

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
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office worker overtime wagesNot all women are on board with lawmakers' push for "fairness."

The Paycheck Fairness Act from Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) and Representative Rose DeLauro (D-Connecticut) aims to "close the gender pay gap and help women in America and their families achieve increased economic security."

"There is no such thing as a gender wage gap," Ashe Short of The Daily Wire tells One News Now. "Women are not paid less for doing the same work as men."

If they were, Short wonders why anyone would hire men when they could just get women to do the same jobs for less.

"The gender wage gap is actually a gender earnings gap, and it is how much men and women earn throughout the year, and they earn different amounts based on the hours they work, the education level they've obtained, [and] the career choices they have made," Short continues. "Men and women make different choices in their life, and that leads to different pay outcomes."

Women, for example, tend pick jobs that give them more flexibility.

"Men do not do that," says Short. "They tend to take jobs that require them to work more than having free time. Those are both fine decisions, but we need to understand that women make those decisions, and men make those decisions, and it's not discrimination that they're making those decisions. And we don't need the government to come in and do something, because the only way the government can actually change this is if they force women to make a different choice, which, of course, nobody wants."

Short adds that The Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963, so every time the media, the Democrats, or anyone claims there is a gender wage gap, "it's already illegal, and they're not showing any evidence that it's actually taking place."

In Short's view, the Paycheck Fairness Act basically attempts to make women look like victims.

"It punishes companies that require their workers not to discuss pay amongst themselves," she notes. "One version I've seen involves them wanting employers to release data about pay, broken down by gender."


She already has an idea of how that will go.

"It will only be 'men in the company on average were paid this; women in the company on average were paid this,' and if those numbers are different, feminists go in and say, 'Oh, my goodness, there is a pay gap,'" Short explains.

But in reality, she says it is not necessarily discrimination. "It's that the balance is still changing."

All things considered, Short believes the politicians just like to get "low-information voters riled up."

"This will get them attention," says Short. "This will get them to be called champions of women."

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