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A new report asserts that millennial women — those 18 to 29 years old — are paid just 82 cents for every dollar paid to their male peers.
The problem with that finding is that it is simply not true, according to prominent economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth.
The report from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), authored by AAUW anthropologist Christianne Corbett and Director of Research Catherine Hill, states that just one year out of college, “women are paid less than men even when they do the same work and major in the same field.”
In a column for the Washington Examiner headlined “Bogus AAUW Study Perpetuates Wage Gap Myths,” Furchtgott-Roth observes: “Buried in the report is the finding that, accounting for college majors and occupations, women make 93 cents, not 82, on a man’s dollar.
“The remaining seven cents, the authors contend, is likely due to discrimination, because they cannot explain it. So let me offer a possible explanation for them: The study’s categories are too broad.”
For example, the category “Other White Collar” includes lawyers, judges, social scientists and workers in the arts, entertainment, sports and the media. So the AAUW compares the pay of male lawyers with the pay of female librarians.
The “Other Occupations” category ranges from miners and construction workers to waitresses and cooks.
“In order to show discrimination, the report should document differences in salaries of men and women in the same job with the same experience,” says Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.
“The AAUW study didn’t even look at men and women in the same field, much less on the same job.”
The AAUW appears to be “twisting” the data to convince young women that they are victims of discrimination so they would vote for President Obama, who promised pay equity.
But since Obama assumed office, the percentage of employed women in the population has declined from 57 percent to 55 percent in September 2012, while the number of unemployed women increased from 4.4 million to 4.9 million.
P.S.: Women staffers in Obama’s White House are paid 90 cents to a man’s dollar, Furchtgott-Roth states, “if one calculates the figure incorrectly based on simple averages.”
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