The Biden Administration made a big deal out of Equal Pay Day, which took place on March 15. According to Wikipedia, “Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap. In the United States, this date symbolizes how far into the year the average median woman must work in order to have earned what the average median man had earned the entire previous year.”
“This Equal Pay Day, the White House is announcing critical steps that the Biden-Harris Administration is taking to advance pay equity and promote women’s economic security,” a statement from the White House Twitter page says.
This Equal Pay Day, the White House is announcing critical steps that the Biden-Harris Administration is taking to advance pay equity and promote women’s economic security.
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— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 15, 2022
The White House is celebrating a widely debunked cause, however. According to highly acclaimed career expert and best-selling author, Marty Nemko, “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.”
He told CBS News that the reasons the pay gap is a myth include factors such as men choosing more dangerous jobs that naturally pay more, including jobs in “fishers, loggers, aircraft pilots, farmers and ranchers, roofers, iron and steel workers, refuse and recyclable material collectors, industrial machinery installation and repair, truck drivers, and construction laborers.”
Men are also more likely to work in higher-paying fields and occupations by choice. White House data from the Obama administration shows that “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.”
Other factors include men taking more jobs in isolated or undesirable locations, and men being more likely to take jobs that require longer weekend hours.
The White House’s statement this year considers none of these factors, instead writing: “Closing gender and racial wage gaps is essential to building an equitable economy and addressing the barriers that have long hampered women from fully participating in the labor force. There is growing recognition that reliance on past salary and a lack of pay transparency can contribute to arbitrary and potentially discriminatory pay that then follows women and workers of color from job to job, entrenching gender and racial pay gaps over time. But we still have work to do. In 2020, the average woman working full-time, year-round earned 83 cents for every dollar paid to their average male counterpart.”