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Most sensible people will accept that people doing exactly the same job, with the same experience, with the same qualifications, and with the same duration of tenure, deserve to have similar levels of pay. This is mandated in law via the Equal Pay Act. In essence it is an offence for an employer to discriminate against employees and so protection for all employees, regardless of gender is already in place. That is not sufficient for third wave feminists and their media cohorts who have seized upon the myth of the “gender pay gap” and are using it to further advance their deranged war on men.
Hardly a day passes without some shock horror expose of the gender pay gap and the “suffering” of women. The legacy media faithfully parrot these pronouncements as “fact” but let’s take a moment here to consider some sobering truths gleefully ignored by the feminist fringe in their crusade against reality.
Is there a pay gap between what women and men earn? The answer is “it depends”. To generalise across all occupations, all age groups, all skill sets, is to conflate a variety of factors. Men and women make choices. It’s not for me to judge what is right and what is wrong but many women choose to take time out of the workplace to have a family. To any impartial observer, these missing years may well mean that men doing the same role end up with a salary advantage. Why should they expect anything less for staying in the workplace when women choose to exit the workplace?
It’s more than that. Men and Women tend to choose different areas of vocation. Women outnumber men in 112 out of 180 degree courses at University. Yet consider the distribution of subject by gender.
The biggest gap is in nursing, where women outnumber men by nine to one, with 22,285 more female students than male. Psychology has the second biggest gender divide, followed by social work, education and design. Women are also ahead in areas such as history, philosophy, English, law and biology.
Among the subjects with more men, the biggest gap is in computer science, which has 13,085 more male students than female, followed by mechanical engineering, sports science, electrical engineering and economics
The nursing and teaching professions are overwhelmingly female – 90% and 74% respectively in the UK. By contrast, engineering is an overwhelmingly male area of activity at 91%. Engineers tend to be paid more than nurses and teachers. This does not mean that there is any discrimination beyond the plain choices made by men and women! Everything in life has consequences and women alone choose the subjects that they want to study. Maybe they need to study the outcome of these choices rather better?
When it comes to the negotiation of salary, women tend to be less aggressive and more agreeable than men. This means that they may settle for less than a man would. Given that many jobs have the negotiation skill set as a central feature, why would a poorer negotiator expect to get the same deal as someone with superior skills? I am not saying all women are agreeable of course, third wave feminists prove that, but it is a variable factor in the mix that determines pay.
The pay gap between men and women has multiple variables impacting on it. These are being relentlessly politicised by the feminist fringe and then weaponised against men. The aim is to create equality of income between the genders despite the fact that choices being made at all stages of life will always create a degree of variance. To remove this would require that males are discriminated against for choosing better paid areas of activity, for staying longer in the workplace, for negotiating more successful terms. Is this fair or reasonable? Or is it more gender Jihad carried out by radical ideologues? It’s time we pushed back and rejected this artificial construct. Yes, there is a pay gap but no, gender is not the single cause of it. Choices have consequences.