The dreaded wage gap myth has been touted up and down by America's media, activists, the Hollywood elite, and leftist politicians for a while now. The idea is that women are paid less than men for the same work, with the average being 77 cents to every man's dollar.
This has been disproved on multiple occasions, but you would never know it by the way the evidence is ignored. The lie is an easy one to buy due to the fact that women actually earn less than men do as a whole. However, the key word that typically goes unused by the media is "earned."
It is an earning gap, not a wage gap. A new video by conservative/libertarian educational video makers, Prager U, proves exactly this, and it uses a feminist to do it.
Professor Christina Hoff Sommers, a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute has been long on the forefront of disproving many a feminist claim. The wage gap myth, being one of the most popular, is something she has tackled before from places like TIME magazine. Teaming up with Prager U, however, she has been able to make a video capable of spreading the message easily and completely.
Sommers starts off by asking a simple question. If businesses could get the same work out of women for less money than they would have to pay a man, then why would businesses ever hire men?
The brutal truth, Sommers discusses, is that while the income totals are accurate they don't take into account position, occupation, and hours worked. Men in general tend to aim to acquire higher paying careers, and work more hours in them than women do.
Speaking of career choices, Sommers discusses how men tend to dominate higher paying fields such as aerospace engineering, and STEM fields, while women tend to take jobs that pay on the lowest end of the spectrum, such as counseling and psychology.
At the end of the day, women tend to earn less than men do because of the choices they make, be it career choices or how much they choose to work within the careers they take.
"This isn't sexism, it's just common sense," says Sommers.