Skip to comments.Why Didn't President 0bama Close The Wage Gap?
Posted on 04/05/2018 7:10:50 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
Organizers of next week's Equal Pay Daythe day created to signify when women have finally earned enough to make up for last year's wage gapwant the public to believe that the gap between men and women's earnings would be erased if only we had political leaders fully committed to women's equality and the right laws and regulations on the books.
But if that's true, then why didn't the wage gap disappear under President Obama?
Undoubtedly, Equal Pay Day championsand groups that creation petitions and send out memes under the title The Resistance are relieved to be able to use this occasion to bash their favorite nemesis, President Trump. But the public ought to wonder why the date of Equal Pay Day and the size of the wage gap didn't budge during President Obama's eight-year term, when he was supposedly a staunch advocate for women's equality and signing legislation that they all claimed would advance the cause of equal pay and reduce the wage gap.
The truth is the causes of differences between men's and women's earnings are much more complicated than Equal Pay Day organizers would have people believe. The vast majority of this statistical difference isn't caused by discrimination, but rather is the result of the different choices that men and women make about work.
Consider just this one factor: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Time Use Survey, full-time working men worked 8.4 hours on an average work day while full-time working women worked 7.8 hours. It is hardly surprising that someone who works an extra 3 hours a week earns more than someone who doesn't. In fact, that one factor alone explains about a third of the wage gap.
Women and men also differ in their choices of industry and specialty, on how much time to take away from the labor force, and on what kinds of hours and shifts to work. Clearly, differences in the amount of time the average man or woman spends taking care of children plays a driving role. Women often choose lower paying jobs that are closer to home and have better, more flexible hours, while men earn more by working night shifts and commuting farther. Society can consider why women and men make these different choices, but it is no surprise or evidence of workplace discrimination that these different choices impact workers' paychecks and on aggregate statistics like the wage gap.
The public perception that the wage gap is driven by discrimination isn't just wrong, it's also harmful. It discourages young women (and men) from considering how their decisions will impact their long-term earnings potential. And some of the policies pushed under the guise of closing the wage gap also have the potential to backfire.
For example, the National Women's Law Center is currently pushing for the resurrection of a rule that would have required companies to provide new data related to compensation, sex, race, and other demographic factors. Such efforts sound promising and are sold under the banner of transparency but miss how these forms and how businesses work in practice. As Independent Womens Forum explained our concerns with the proposed rule in a letter to the EEOC:
...the EEO-1 report overlooks that general job flexibility (e.g., telework, predictable scheduling) is something highly valued by women. Many women, particularly those with children, are often willing to trade additional salary for a more customized work environment that suits their individual and family needs . Employers will be less likely to accommodate requests for flexible or alternative work schedules or positions if they are concerned that government officials will be examining these data points and statistics without this important context, and passing judgment on their compensation practices.
Overwhelmingly, businesses make staffing decisions that they think are in the best interests of their company and bottom line. Increasingly, they are working to reward employees by increasing wages and benefits. Of course, there are some bad bosses, and we all want to make sure that workplaces are free of discrimination, and that people are treated fairly and rewarded for their work and job performance. That's why we have laws on the books outlawing discrimination and people can and do take their employers to court for wrong doing.
Yet the public shouldn't be encouraged to assume that companies are routinely short-changing their female employees. Statistics like the wage gap have been misused for too long by those seeking to advance their own political agenda. Rather than taking the bait, people should consider their own experiences and how the people they know have approached matters of work and family life. They will likely see that maximizing earnings hasn't topped everyone's agenda, and that men and women sometimes have different priorities. And that's not something that Donald Trumpor Barrack Obamacan or should try to change.
Democrats dont solve problems. They whip their voters into frenzies over them
They have an agenda, craft a “solution” to ratchet their next agenda item, and then create the “problem” for which their “solution” fixes it.
It doesn’t fix it, thus creating a problem that can be solved by the next “solution”.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
If its not obvious to everyone by now, statism, central control and socialism are a direct CAUSE of wage and particularly wealth, inequality, they can never “fix” it.
Oh for crying out loud.
Obama couldnt figure out how to close an umbrella.
How was he going to close anything else?
Because it doesn’t exist
They compare a kindergarten teacher to a senior partner at a law firm and cry “wage gap”
Once you compare apples to apples, the so called wage gap disappears and in some cases women make more then men do.
Its a fake issue to rile up their base. Who believes anything the DNC Media tells them
Why didn’t he suspend the 2nd amendment? ;-)
For the same job, women earn more than men now.
There is nothing here. Maybe there was at some time in the past, but this is no longer an issue and hasn’t been for quite a while.
Equal pay stifles employees from trying to excel and get noticed, so that they get a bigger paycheck.
Without inequality in pay, there is no incentive to be any better than the lowest common denominator.
Hillary did not fix it even in her own campaign staff.
I’ve had some discussions with liberal types, and it’s an endless loop of complaints.
For example, if you bring up how mothers may not want to put in the hours and work necessary to advance a career, because they have family responsibilities, they say that’s discrimination. They say why aren’t fathers doing more? If you mention some careers such as law, where it’s a tough struggle to become a partner in a law firm, they say that is discrimination, that they shouldn’t expect mother’s to work 50 or 60 hours a week to work their way up in some career.
There’s lots of anger out there among liberals, that they bring up how society is unfair, how the working world is unfair, how life is unfair, and the discussion goes in circles.
“Equal pay stifles employees from trying to excel and get noticed, so that they get a bigger paycheck. Without inequality in pay, there is no incentive to be any better than the lowest common denominator.”
One good thing about the military - you get paid the same rate as the men!
Switching industries or even to one of my competitors would improve my pay. However, most days I walk out of the office before 5:30 (usually 5 but I like to leave with tasks finished), I get a full hour for lunch, don’t need to show up before 8 and never work on a Saturday.
I made the decision that lower pay, an awesome work atmosphere and a social life were far more valuable.
I don’t have the nicest or most expensive things, but I have good friends, like my charity work and can spend time with my aging parents.
Some call that conspiracy theory. I can't see anything I've just expressed that isn't supported by actions of those who are destroying the nation.
The “wage gap” kind of stupid shouldn’t be possible.
Life is unfair—always has been, always will be.
The liberals just need to move on and start enjoying their lives like everyone else. If not I have one more alternative for them.... :-)
That’s the way to do it! I LOVE being retired now so I can raise critters, garden, sew, crochet, work at our Food Pantry, help at the Humane Society, etc.
I sat down once and ‘averaged’ my pay throughout the years. Seems no matter WHAT I did, I was pretty much ‘averaging’ the same pay rate, no matter what. (And it was MORE than adequate to live on; I always owned a house, etc.)
Of course the two income years were always nice, but I knew I could always be self-supporting with the skill set I had been given and/or had developed through the years.
It’s amazing how well you’ll be paid if you MAKE money for others, don’t abuse drugs or alcohol and SHOW UP for work each day with a SMILE on your face. ;)
Obama couldn’t actually “close the ‘pay gap’” without imposing strict socialism because market forces in a free republic are what actually set real wages. Any thing else is diddling with the Constitution, no matter who does it.
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