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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Male-Female Pay Discrepancy

It looks like, in many instances, men earn less than women for comparable work.

Did you go back and read that again? No, that wasn't a typo.

Columnist John Leo highlights a book by Warren Farrell, a onetime board member of the National Organization of Women, which highlights the reasons why men earn more, in aggregate, than women. It's because of personal choices, which anyone with a modicum of common sense could have told you. Men take risky and dangerous jobs, stressful jobs. Women are more likely to choose jobs that don't sacrifice family or flexibility. But Farrell points out that never-married, college-educated men earn 85% of what comparable women earn.

The 76% number is a composite number, not adjusted for comparable responsibilities. It should be obvious that if women truly earned 24% less than men, then companies would hire women, and cut their salary expenses by 24%. For years, I've asked the question, "So what do women lawyers, three years out of a Top 10 law school, working 80 hour weeks, in major New York law firms, earn relative to men?" It shouldn't be that hard to compare apples to apples, unless you're more interested in promoting an agenda than in the truth.


At 12:00 PM, Blogger Dave Justus said...

Very interesting.


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