Skip to comments.The feminist complaint festival
Posted on 04/25/2006 11:02:49 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
April is a beautiful month in Washington DC: blooming trees line the streets, gardens erupt with colorful tulips, and people open windows to welcome the warm air. Its a season for optimism. Unless, of course, you are a part of the liberal feminist movement. For the feminists, April is a season for complaining.
Martha Burk, President of the National Council of Womens Organizations, began the month celebrating her own spring traditionprotesting the PGA Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia. This years protest was tame in comparison to her past media-hyped events. She published the obligatory op-ed and press release denouncing Augusta National Golf Clubs male-only membership policy and threatening companies (like Exxon) that support the tournament. Fans cheering Phil Mickelsons victory were none the wiser.
But the real feminist complaint festival begins on Tuesday April 25th. To feminists, its Equal Pay Day, a pseudo-holiday when National Organization for Women and National Council of Womens Organizations lament the disparity between mens and womens wages. Feminists groups claim that the first four months of the year were spent making up for last years gap. On April 25, women have finally earned as much as men in 2005.
Theres one problem with Equal Pay Daythe premise is bogus. Department of Labor data confirms that the median wage of a full-time working woman is three-quarters of that of a full-time working man, but like too many statistics, this fact ignores more than it reveals. This data doesnt account for relevant factors such as occupation, experience and educational attainment.
Feminists may not like it, but the evidence shows that womens choicesnot discriminationcause wage gap. Warren Farrell a former board member of the National Organization for Womens New York chapter identifies 25 decisions that individuals make when choosing jobs in his book, Why Men Earn More. Women, he finds, are much more likely to make decisions that increase their quality of life, but decrease their pay.
Most people understand that many women often take time out of the workforce to care for family members, particularly young children. Even women who work full-time log fewer hours in the office on average than full-time working men. It is common sense that a worker who remains employed continually is going to make more than someone who drops out of the workforce for several years.
Working less is just one of the decisions women make that results in less take-home pay. Women also avoid dangerous jobs (more than nine in ten occupational deaths occur among men) and jobs that place them outdoors in the elements. Women are less willing than men to move for a job or travel frequently. Dr. Farrells book provides a roadmap for how individual women can increase their earnings, by making different choices, including working more hours in the office, assuming more risks or relocating for a job.
Its important for women to recognize these tradeoffs. Women who hear the feminists rhetoric on Equal Pay Day may feel exploited. But before embracing the victim myth, they should consider how their choices have affected their careers. Most women will find that their decisions have been made based on many factors. Women care about financial compensation. But they also consider the number of hours in the office, whether the work is personally fulfilling, and the convenience of the workplace.
Men place a higher priority on pay than women when assessing a job. Why do feminist join men in fixating on this one aspect of work life? Why should we assume that men have the right priorities? Instead of urging women to act more like men, feminist ought to celebrate the choices that women make, including the choice to forgo income in favor of more time with family or jobs that are personally rewarding.
Im partially to blame for the income gap. Ive chosen a less-lucrative career that allows me to work from home while I care for my infant daughter. But you wont see that in the statistics: when feminists look at the data, Im simply a full-time worker who is not making as much as she could.
Im not a victim. Im just someone who has made choices that make the most sense for my personal situation. And unlike the feminists, Im not complaining.
The liberal, feminist left excells at whinging!
The feminbitch just gets so old
...and I thought they championed the "Right of a woman to choose".... AHEM!
I just love how Hootie and the boys blew this whining off. We women don't allow men into Curves or other women fitness clubs. It is healthy and wonderful for women and men to separately gather at their places where they know they will not be bothered by the other sex. Makes married life even more rich too. These women need a life!
As far as the wage difference the assessment about how life choices make a huge impact on women's wages is right on. I thought these women believed in choice! Ha-talk about a 'boys' club-theirs is more snobby, judgmental and more misogynistic than any boys or man's club I've known.
My boobs started to hurt after reading this...
My chin fell to the floor after reading that. LOL.
The repeated propaganda by the rad-fems means that many Americans firmly believe that women only make seventy-five percent of what men make doing the same job. It would take several days and tens of thousands of words to correct the many lies that leftists/liberals have foisted on the American public through their lackies in Big Media.
The most effective rejoinder to anyone complaining about this (my public school teacher sister in law, who thinks the sun rises and sets on the Clintons, for instance)is this: if an employer could pay a woman 75% of what a man would cost to do the exact same work, well, obviously, there would be no men working...so, some other factors are at work here, because men do work...so what might those other factors be, hmmm? Make them think a little, and examine...at least until their minds are too bruised to do so...
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