Monday, April 18, 2005

I'm so glad that I don't have to hear this anymore...

"Women earn only 76 cents on the male dollar." It has been the whining mantra of feminists for years. Now, the Independent Women's Forum has debunked this myth with the article "Gender Wage Gap Is Feminist Fiction." NOW, Stop whining!

Equal pay for equal work has been enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act since it was made law in 1972. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also ban sex-based wage discrimination. So it seems pretty remarkable that the wage gap is so wide and pervasive even today. Attorneys should be having a field day with class-action lawsuits. But they are not. Could it be that even the legal establishment is complicit in this glaringly obvious patriarchal conspiracy?

A study of the gender wage gap conducted by economist June O' Neill, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, found that women earn 98 percent of what men do when controlled for experience, education, and number of years on the job.