You've always known there was unequal pay between men and women, but what if I told you that wasn't the case? What if the gender wage gap is 100% made-up by the media and celebrities?
A study from Prager University has busted the theory that women make $0.77 for every $1.00 men make at work. It simply isn't true that women earn less for doing the same work as men, and here's why.
In a video produced by PragerU, Christina Hoff Sommers of the American Enterprise Institute explains that people believe in the wage gap because someone did the math wrong. She says the statistic was calculated by dividing the average salary of all women with the average salary of all men.
Sommers explains, "If the average income of all men is say, $40,000 a year, and the average annual income of all women is say, $30,800, that would mean that women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. 30,800 divided by 40,000 equals .77."
Are you starting to see?
She goes on to say, "These calculations don't reveal a gender wage injustice because it doesn't take into account occupation, position, education, or hours worked per week." All of these factors influence wages, and it's not as simple as dividing numbers.
Based on the different career choices men and women make, their wages end up having only a 6.6-cent disparity when everything is factored in.
For example, the five highest-paying jobs are:
- Petroleum Engineering (87% male)
- Pharmaceutical Sciences (48% male)
- Mathematics and Computer Science (67% male)
- Aerospace Engineering (88% male)
- Chemical Engineering (72% male)
The five lowest-paying jobs are:
- Counseling and Psychology (74% female)
- Early Childhood Education (97% female)
- Theology and Religious Studies (34% female)
- Human Services and Community Organization (81% female)
- Social Work (88% female)
What do you think? What things did PragerU leave out of their study?
Watch the full video below: