Reblogged from paulwalkersdogwalker
Amazing how they pass legislation and everything changes. They should do something about the discrimination against minorities in the US. Maybe call it the Civil Rights Act of 1964
The wage gap is so unfair. We should come up with something to make it illegal. We’ll call it the “Equal Pay Act of 1963”
Wait a minute.
I see your point and agree that legislation does not guarantee that everything will be different, but that’s a wholly different kind of discrimination. I think disenfranchisement is a large factor because of discriminatory police enforcement, but wages are handled differently. It is much easier to win in court because payroll records make the evidence simple and direct, whereas businesses hiding racial discrimination will often point to bullshit criteria as an alternate expression and it becomes harder to prove, sadly.
The wage gap has been almost entirely explained by differences in choice, frequently the result of differing priorities in American men and women. Men are statistically more likely to choose careers with opportunities to climb up (tech sector jobs for example over nursing), while women tend to prefer more part time jobs with more flexibility and in some cases, time off.
The wage gap is usually calculated by taking a gross averaging of male and female total wages for a year. They compare engineers directly with waitresses, whose wages may not for example be entirely claimed. More importantly they are not comparing apples to apples. We don’t know by this comparison that women in their 20’s out earn men in the same category. This comparison does not account for the female engineer who works at the same company, with the same title, experience, availability, seniority, and capability. When controlling for variables like these, the (more aptly described as ‘earnings’) gap vanishes into thin air.
What I was trying to say is that we’ve had five federal pay equality acts total including the one in the OP. I only mean that we’re beating a dead horse when a more effective solution is to create new opportunities and encourage them through stronger representation.