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“79 cents” myth: Government report shows men really do work longer hours than women

June 28, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Why the trial lawyer is a man and the judge is a woman.


McClatchy reports:

“Employed men work an average of 42 minutes per day more than their female counterparts, according to the 2015 American Time Use Study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And while that’s partially due to more women working part-time jobs than men, even among full-time employees men worked 8.2 hours per day compared to women’s 7.8 hours.”

Hand-wringing over the so-called “gender pay gap” is a favorite theme of feminists despite overwhelming evidence that the reason women earn only 79 cents for men’s dollar iis clearly connected to the choices that women and men make about the kind of work they want to do. For example, here’s the Huffington Post’s Catherine Pearson earlier this year:

“Pay gap deniers love to dispute the claim that, on average, women in the United States make 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, arguing that it is a misleading oversimplification. ‘Few experts dispute that there is a wage gap, but differences in the life choices of men and women — such as women tending to leave the workforce when they have children — make it difficult to make simple comparisons. That’s what’s so facile about repeatedly citing “78 cents,”’ argued a 2015 Washington Post article. (Since that piece came out, the figure increased from 78 to 79 cents.)”

When even the liberal Washington Post agrees that lifestyle choices have a good deal to do with pay inequality, isn’t it time to pay some attention to the so-called “deniers”? Their argument is that while men and women may technically be performing the same job, women generally choose employment where the the hours are shorter, the vacations longer, and the wages and benefits are more secure–so they can devote more time to their homes and families. There’s a reason why, among lawyers, for example, you’ll see more women working 9-5 for government agencies, and more men working as trial lawyers and taking on the risks, the grueling hours, and the feast-or-famine compensation that the title entails.

And now a government study proves the obvious: that the harder you work at your job, the higher your earnings are likely to be.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

From → War on women

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