There Is No Gender Wage Gap


If, for the same work, women make only 77
cents for every dollar a man makes, why don’t businesses hire only women? Wages are the biggest expense for most businesses. So, hiring only women would reduce costs by
nearly a quarter – and that would go right to the bottom line. Don’t businesses want to be profitable? Or, are they just really bad at math? Well, actually, it’s the feminists, celebrities
and politicians spreading this wage gap myth who have the math problem. Here’s why: The 77-cents-on-the-dollar statistic is calculated
by dividing the median earnings of all women working full-time by the median earnings of
all men working full-time. In other words, if the average income of all
men is, say, 40,000 dollars a year, and the average annual income of all women is, say,
30,800 dollars, that would mean that women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. 30,800 divided by 40,000 equals .77. But these calculations don’t reveal a gender
wage injustice because it doesn’t take into account occupation, position, education or
hours worked per week. Even a study by the American Association of
University Women, a feminist organization, shows that the actual wage gap shrinks to
only 6.6 cents when you factor in different choices men and women make. And the key word here is “choice.” The small wage gap that does exist has nothing
to do with paying women less, let alone with sexism; it has to do with differences in individual
career choices that men and women make. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor released
a paper that examined more than 50 peer-reviewed studies and concluded that the oft-cited 23
percent wage gap “may be almost entirely the result of individual choices being made
by both male and female workers.” Well, let’s look at some of those choices. Georgetown University compiled a list of the
five best-paying college majors, and the percentage of men or women majoring in those fields: Number 1 best-paying major: Petroleum Engineering:
87% male Number 2: Pharmaceutical Sciences: 48% male
3: Mathematics and Computer Science: 67% male 4: Aerospace Engineering: 88% male
5: Chemical Engineering: 72% male Notice that women out-represent men in only
one of the five top-paying majors – by only a few percentage points. Now consider the same study’s list of the
five worst paying college majors: Number 1: Counseling and Psychology: 74% female
Number 2: Early Childhood Education: 97% female 3: Theology and Religious Vocations: 66% male
4: Human Services and Community Organization: 81% female
5: Social Work: 88% female Here, it’s the women who lead in all but
one category. Even within the same profession, men and women
make different career choices that impact how much money they make. Take nursing, where male nurses on the whole
earn 18% more than female nurses. The reason? Male nurses gravitate to the best-paying nursing
specialties, they work longer hours, and disproportionately find jobs in cities with the highest compensation. Now, here’s how one expert on nursing compensation,
Professor Linda Aiken of the University of Pennsylvania, sums up the data: “Career
choices and educational differences explain most, if not all, the gender gap in nursing.” The Department of Labor paper concluded that
once these differences are accounted for across all professions, the unexplained wage gap
is somewhere between 4.8 and 7 percent – almost identical to the 6.6 percentage gap found
by the AAUW. But why is there any gap at all? No one knows for sure, as both the AAUW and
the Labor Department concede. There are so many variables that drive wages
that no single study can cover them all. Few wage gap studies control for variables
such as dangerous work environment; men are vastly overrepresented, for example, on oil
rigs. And here’s another variable: men are more
willing and able to work long hours without advance notice. According to Harvard economist Claudia Goldin,
even if two lawyers have the same education, same specialty, and work the same number
of hours — firms pay more to someone who is willing to always be “on call” and ready
to be in the office when the firm needs them, as opposed to wanting a more regular schedule. This isn’t sexism, it’s just common sense. With more realistic categories and definitions,
whatever wage gap remains would certainly narrow to point of vanishing. So it seems that business leaders aren’t
bad at math simply because they don’t only hire women. Those who claim that for the same work women
earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, on the other hand, are not merely bad at math
–but at telling the truth. I’m Christina Hoff Sommers of the American
Enterprise Institute for Prager University.

100 thoughts on “There Is No Gender Wage Gap”

  1. The salary gap is affected by the choices of individuals, so we must ask ourselfs what is driving each sex towards specific career paths. I´m not satisfied with the simple awnser that the gender gap just "cant be explain" and that it simply is. There are various factors that can be properly studied: social standars/cultural customs / companies and countries´ policies… , so maybe in order to explain what drieves people to make certain decitions, we have to look at they´re surroundings, and see if There is were the problem lies.

  2. I was doing a research on wage gap and come across this video.
    Why does the data she got from AAUW say differently ?
    I don't know if I read the research wrong or the comment section just blown up without factproof with simple googling?
    https://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/

  3. Wait, your argument is that there can’t be a pay gap because if there were, companies would only hire women??? LOL.

  4. And citing the top & bottom 5 paying jobs as proof TOTALLY ignores how these studies are done. I’ll bet the woman hosting this video got paid less than the male actors in their other videos, lol.

  5. The title of the video does not fit the conclusion of the video, which argues that there is a gender wage gap, but it is smaller than the 77c in the dollar commonly reported.

  6. Another point to add: assuming that the wage gap exist purely due to sexism means that you also have to assume that it is men and men only involved in the hiring process.

  7. Women have more rights then men and they scream “OPPRESSION!” They get away with so much more. Ik men r idiots, but a women could hit a man and they won’t get punished for it, but if a guy hits a women, they get put in jail for assault. Just bc men r stronger, doesn’t mean we’re all misogynistic and we always beat women up and rape them. Men get raped, it doesn’t happen very often, but it happens. The problem with feminists is that they accuse all men of being assholes, and we’re f**king not. My sister says all guys want the same thing and that is not true at all

  8. A lot of women get paid less than men bc they’re willing to work for less and they sometimes work fewer hours to take care of their kids or something. Now that’s not a problem at all, but it’s true

  9. I choose to work 80 hrs in a booming oil industry. Have for over half my life now. But the guys I work with choose to work 100 or more hrs every week. I’m simply not as young as I used to be. But the truth is those guys CHOOSE to make more money than me. Just think of what it takes to put in over 100 every week. And think of any woman you know that is willing to do that

  10. Middle class white woman are one of the most privileged groups in human history. Be grateful that you're not expected to do work

  11. This is not true. This is propaganda. This video, and this channel, are lies. Right-Wing think tank lies.

  12. wow it's almost as if PragerU is saying the exact same things as feminist theorists. Men are socially conditioned into higher paying work for no apparent reason AHHAHA

  13. I think any hypothesis about a subject (including this one) should be discussed openly and objectively. What bothers me is the feeling I get from reading all the comments. Most of you think the problems that women who call themselves feminists talk about are not true! Most of the people who comment are very supportive of rigid gender lines and responsibilities. And I don’t label myself anything. I am myself. Some people may call me a feminist but I’m a human being who is trying to express myself and freely be myself without hurting anyone. The fact that I am a women should not exclude me from any profession. It should not force me to be “feminine”. It shouldn’t force me to have children. Again I think most of the people who comment here would want all these things to restrict me or be denied to me. It’s very disturbing!

  14. Nice and eye-opening, thanks. (I'm also years late, but apparently that's how youtube recommendations work.)
    On the other hand, even IF 99% of the "worse paying majors" were male, I still would like to see teachers (early childhood educators included), psychologist and social workers earn more! There is no sexism in this wish either, just the thing, that these people do a lot to individuals and (in my opinion) should be valued more. This claim (that women chooose to study things that lead to lower wages) sounded a bit like blaming women for earning averagely somewhat less, but then who would do these jobs? Also if some men didn't do the dangerous jobs, who would? Trust me, there are men who would never work on an oil rig and there are women who would never even touch an elderly gentleman or lady or care for them professionally (if they can't do this on their own, I forgot the word for the home where they live then.) No, I do not compare these jobs and you should neither do that, because they are enterily different and not comparable.
    I would like to add the situation in my country. Beginner teachers earn circa ~628/650 USD per month without the taxes! Nurses or social workers who work with the elderly or homeless for example earn even less. I now simply don't trust my owm calculations because it seems so few (like 4-5 dollars/hour) compared to American wages. (Yes, things are a bit cheaper there and we have free universities, but my point is that these people do not earn enough money regardless of their gender.)
    Edit for correction of sentence-structures. (I struggle with English.)

  15. So what these feminists want is Equality of outcome not Equal opportunity, they want to they want to work crap jobs and get paid same as a CEO.

  16. you dont understand …
    that shrinking gap is feminist activist achievement , not the female get more productive in the workplace

  17. .Gov website in New Brunswick, Canada shows the gap for the province as about 8.7%. It does already factor hours worked in that number. Main employment of women is retail. Main employment of men is trucking. Nothing stopping women from getting a truck license except women themselves. Many do not want to do the dirty, dangerous work. Working in a nice cozy retail store at the mall is reasonable work but not particularly dirty or dangerous by comparison.
    Edit; If an man out earns a woman she becomes part of the 80% of household spending that is done by females. Men don't try to earn more than women, they try to earn more FOR women. If a female out earns the male she will most likely divorce him after a while.

  18. Additional differences for women. More time off for individual illness and family illness. Breaks for childbirth often impacts seniority and reduces implied qualifications for higher positions where absence could impact the business. Applies for jobs with lower travel, lower danger, better chances of getting home to pick up baby, cook, clean.

  19. feminist bad at math. Be a stiper you will make more then a man this is why feminist want to make more money then a man

  20. The only way to make this video better is to have President Trump narrate it. …Feminist would be pulling their blue hair out with both hands

  21. Ladies and Gents, unless someone pointed this out already, search "There is no gender wage gap" on YouTube, and even put it in quotation marks if you want. You will not find this video ANYWHERE close on your search results. MAYBE you'll find it if you go 200 results down. I dunno.

  22. There is NO wage gap. AND here is why…not every man works the same no matter the job. Not every women works the same nk matter he job. And just for kicks and goggles not all women become mothers. No msttervhow good women and men are not every human is as strong….AND SO ALL EMPLOYERS GET IT HUMANS ARE NOT ROBOTS!!!!!

  23. This is crap and lacks critical judgment. There's sexism in everything described by the video. For instance, the fact that women are only hired the most in pharmaceutical companies (among the 5 most paying industries) may easily respond to the fact that this career is seen as "typical" for women. This is sexist. On the other hand, the high participation of women in low paying industries may easily respond to sexism as well. Thus, the existence of a wage gap is undeniable, since these "random bias" that is supposedly making women to "choose" low paying careers is not random and is arguably explained by the sexist environment society creates.

  24. IF U CONNECT A STRAIGHT LINE FROM FEMALE ACADEMIA TO POWER POSITIONS U WILL DISCOVER THEIR INGENUITY & RESOLVE. IT IS WHY THEY CONTROL THE WESTERN WORLD. BRAINWASHING BEGINNING AT BIRTH. THAT'S THE REASON BEHIND MANCAVES. FEMLES WANT COMPLEAT CONTROL OVER THE CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY R RECEPTIVE & EASILY VENTED. FATHERS HAVE LITTLE SAY IN IT. SHREWD. DOMINATION BY DEFAULT. BRILLIANT. WE LOST BOYS.

  25. We're asking those who have demonstrated less aptitude for math to understand how the wage gap has been disproven.

  26. YES THERE IS.

    Never married, college educated, full time working men who have never had children – are paid 15% less than their female counterparts. You need to understand that lefties don't just lie, they say the complete opposite of the truth.

  27. It means that we need to redefine the problem. Women somehow find it difficult to rise to high paying jobs. We should address that

  28. Here's the problem, PragerU: SJW's don't have any common sense. Therefor, they can't understand things like that the gender pay gap is a myth.

  29. this video is pretty accurate. there is no gender pay wage gap IN THE WORKPLACE. but that does not discount that it still exists due to societal sexism. Men and Women may make the same amount in the same Job, but they are told from a younger age that those lower paying jobs are more likely to be a fit for them. we are told to be teachers, social workers, and therapists. while a man is often told he should be a doctor, lawyer, or scientist. It's not on the workplace (besides that 6.6 cents which is still not good, but forgivable) but rather on raising our girls to believe that they can do whatever they want to do!

  30. All of this accurate information means nothing to radicalized pink haired feminists. Feminists just write this off and use their privilege to claim that they’re only forced to choose between a career or life as a stay at home mom. They then proceed to demand to be paid the same as a man working 20 years while only working 10 themselves. In short, because they have a vagina they should be paid more for less work.

  31. The wage gap has been debunked time and time again and yet people STILL think it exists. I just don't get it.

  32. There actually is a wage gap between regular people and people who have sex with their dogs though. This is wrong and is the real issue we should be concerned about.

  33. I’ve operated, consulted for and owned various businesses. Like most entrepreneurs, administrators, consultants and executive, my focus was; hiring persons who were smarter than I was (less for me to do) and maximizing profits. If I could have hired women and paid them less than men for the same job, I would NEVER have hired men. The fact that men have these ‘overpaid’ jobs and are even hired is contrary to any bottom-line consideration. And that is the big lie in all this.

  34. Could also add, that women usually spend more money, and are easier affected by marketing tricks. So even if paid more, they would still end with less.

  35. Just had a disagreement with a female I work with, and explained to her that it's already against the law to people differently based on gender, and her response was "We will agree to disagree". Too many people go off of false truth and feelings instead of facts and evidence.

  36. i personally think that a good portion of the actual wage gap comes from men being more aggressive when it comes to requesting raises and are willing to over compensate when wanting the raise. my wife for one was fine with just being a crew member. i encouraged her to work harder and show her employers that she is worth more than what they are paying her. within 6 months, she was offered shift lead, and i continued to boost her confidence and pushed her to stay on top of things, giving her advice on how to prove herself. she pushed and worked harder, she out shined most of her co workers. with in a year, she was made management. i helped her develop the tools needed to excel and succeed in the job she liked. i encourage her and stand behind her whenever she feels that she isn't doing good enough and help her reach the stars because she means so much to me and i can see that her success makes her happy. she never would have accomplished so much with out a man's outlook to guide her. not saying she would have eventually gotten the position on her own, but she would have taken much much longer the way she was handling it. she is strong without me, but she is even stronger with me. we are partners and she outshines me now, and i am so proud of her.

  37. Well women are already expected to do stuff other than just te job. Men dont have that pressure. Why ? Patriarchy. So let's teach or society to not be so hard on women and stop being assholes and let them do whatever the hell they want to without imposing stupid conditions. 🙂

  38. The video is overconfident in stating their is no wage gap. Based on the most recent Glassdoor survey, with all variables controlled for, the gap stands at 4.6%, with some hot spot industries and jobs were men continue to make more. For computer programmers, all variables controlled for, men still make 11.6% more than women, on average. https://www.glassdoor.com/research/app/uploads/sites/2/2019/02/Gender-Pay-Gap-2019-Research-Report.pdf

  39. Feminist: What the hell! I'm getting paid just one dollar when this man is getting paid 4 quarters! That's a 1 to 4 ratio! sexism!

  40. Am I the only one who thinks that this doesn’t make sense because she saying there jobs that men is there MORE then women that why they should pay more . that doesn’t not make any sense it’s not about gender it’s not about which gender is more . it’s about who work more who deserve more what am trying to say is that the less you work the less you get the more you work the more you get and if both gender work in the same level then they deserve the same money . correct me if I’m wrong please

  41. I dont know much about this stuff but I'm 15 and it honestly makes me cringe when I hear my dad say there is a sexist wage gap oh and he is anti vaccination

  42. I lived in a communist country and I can confirmed we never heard of gap gender wage before. What’s going on, US ?

  43. But I the point is Women aren't getting into as well paid jobs as men on average, not that them doing the exact same job gets less money…..

  44. Wage Gap stats. So you aren't a subscriber to wage Gap but that some discrimination may exist and that it can and will be dealt with in the courts. Right?

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