Tomorrow, the Obama campaign plans to fly Lilly Ledbetter, a retired Goodyear executive for whom the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was named, to Adams County along with Debbie Wasserman Schultz for two separate events.
Peak readers may remember the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which loosened the statute of limitations timeline requirements for filing discrimination suits, “so long as any act of discrimination, including receipt of a paycheck that reflects a past act of discrimination, occurs within a 180-day period of limitations.” Obama sycophants heralded this as a giant boost for women, but it really was a giant help for trial lawyers.
Then, recently, the White House issued a report that found women earn just 75 cents for every dollar that men make – ladies, are you outraged yet?
An article featured on CBS News features career expert and best-selling author, Marty Nemko, who debunks the myth of the gender pay gap, saying: “The data is clear that for the same work men and women are paid roughly the same. The media need to look beyond the claims of feminist organizations.”
She offers statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor to back up her claims:
Why the Gender Pay Gap is a Complete Myth
1. Men are far more likely to choose careers that are more dangerous, so they naturally pay more. Top 10 most dangerous jobs (from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics): Fishers, loggers, aircraft pilots, farmers and ranchers, roofers, iron and steel workers, refuse and recyclable material collectors, industrial machinery installation and repair, truck drivers, construction laborers. They're all male-dominated jobs.
2. Men are far more likely to work in higher-paying fields and occupations (by choice). According to the White House report, "In 2009, only 7 percent of female professionals were employed in the relatively high paying computer and engineering fields, compared with 38 percent of male professionals." Professional women, on the other hand, are far more prevalent "in the relatively low-paying education and health care occupations."
3. Men are far more likely to take work in uncomfortable, isolated, and undesirable locations that pay more.
4. Men work longer hours than women do. The average fulltime working man works 6 hours per week or 15 percent longer than the average fulltime working woman.
5. Men are more likely to take jobs that require work on weekends and evenings and therefore pay more.
6. Even within the same career category, men are more likely to pursue high-stress and higher-paid areas of specialization. For example, within the medical profession, men gravitate to relatively high-stress and high-paying areas of specialization, like surgery, while women are more likely to pursue relatively lower-paid areas of specialization like pediatrician or dentist.
7. Despite all of the above, unmarried women who've never had a child actually earn more than unmarried men, according to Nemko and data compiled from the Census Bureau.
8. Women business owners make less than half of what male business owners make, which, since they have no boss, means it's independent of discrimination. The reason for the disparity, according to a Rochester Institute of Technology study, is that money is the primary motivator for 76% of men versus only 29% of women. Women place a higher premium on shorter work weeks, proximity to home, fulfillment, autonomy, and safety, according to Nemko.
Of course, with President Obama’s abysmal record of pay equality in his own White House, its not surprising that he would think there’s a pay gap everywhere.