Women make 91 cents on the dollar compared to men, once you account for individual life choices. The 77 cents per dollar figure everyone cites is a raw figure that doesn’t take into account any difference in personal choices. For instance, women are more likely to choose low-paying occupations and leave the workforce when they have children. While 91 cents still isn’t fair, it’s far better than the misleading figure most people cite. This is an unpopular fact as opposed to an unpopular opinion, but I thought it should still be shared.
what the hell makes you think women want lower paying jobs.
Higher paying companies don’t hire women because they are sexist assholes so we’re forced to deal with lower income jobs unless we kick some asses along the way
Higher paying jobs aren’t given to women because there are not many women who are qualified for the jobs. Yes, many colleges are mostly female nowadays, but if you look at ANY college you will see that a vast majority of the bs liberal arts majors are women and most technical majors are men. On top of that, more dangerous jobs pay more, and women are never too keen to apply for those either.
If you people would stop trying to play the victim all the time, you’d realize that all this wage gap bullshit is just that: bullshit.
No, it’s not bullshit. Sociology studies have shown that in job applications, those in control of admissions are more likely to look favourably on a men’s application than a female’s application even if they have the same qualifications. They’re more likely to not trust a woman’s qualifications than a male’s, with phrases like “oh we’ll have to check those degrees” cropping up when regarding a female’s application. Overall, society teaches us to be largely biased towards males.
Different, independent studies show that companies are more likely to promote a male to a higher up position because they think he “looks more authoritative” or “commands more authority”, while on the flip side if a woman is authoritative, she is considered a bitch, bossy and too controlling. She is demonised for it, as highlighted in this video.
It’s harder for women to get into professions such as politics, because (again) they are demonised because of their sex, and in debates gendered slurs are directed towards them. Their sex is used against them.
In the film industry, it’s harder for women to get jobs, so don’t blame it on the “bullshit liberal arts” courses. Women aren’t given the same opportunities to use their degrees as men. There’s a 1:5 ratio of women working in the film industry. In popular TV shows where writers are asked to write/submit a script, women are rarely given the chance. When submitting scripts for episodes women (again) are more likely to be harshly judged. Popular comedians have also spoken out about how it’s harder for them to be comedians, as they are more likely to be judged quicker on whether they are funny or not compared to men. It’s hard for women in the acting profession, as they are not only expected to be conventionally attractive, and demonised if they are not, but expected to wear more revealing clothes and get partially or fully nude more often than men. In media productions, only 3% of decision making comes from women. That means 97% of how women are portrayed in media is decided by men, and women aren’t being encouraged to change that.
It’s only been recently when women have been actively encouraged and supported when they want to go into scientific fields, and even then, there’s still problems, including stereotypes, lack of recognition and lack of opportunities. My friend was encouraged not to take physics and not go into engineering because it’s a “male job”. Another friend of mine was told she was “too pretty” to be a chemist. We still have barriers to overcome. Another piece of evidence for this is the fact that history books and science books have still not added in the amazing discoveries female scientists have made.
Household jobs and looking after children are still largely regarded as a woman’s job, and this is something you can’t deny especially when looking at adverts for household products. These harmful gender stereotypes contribute to women leaving their jobs. It’s completely different if a women chooses to do this because she wants to and is happy doing this, but you can’t ignore the pressure society puts on women to still be domestic goddesses and caregivers.
Women are discriminated against in jobs such as the police force because society tells them that that’s a “man’s job” when in actual fact this is not true. In fact, it’s often more useful to females on a firefighting team because women usually have smaller builds and can fit into smaller places, such as through windows. Many, many women would be capable of passing the physical requirements of jobs in the police force and firebrigade but because of society’s pressure they don’t even apply which is bullshit because you need to use your brains more than anything in these jobs.
People of colour and women of colour are actively discriminated against. An example includes whitewashing in media. People of colour aren’t given opportunities in acting roles. Katniss and Khan are two clear examples. Cultures, or choices of POC are also discriminated against, such as having dreadlocks or wearing a hijab, as these are considered “unprofessional”. You also have differences in quality of education when communities are segregated by race and there are divisions in socioeconomic class. This results in lesser opportunities for POCs in certain areas, which in turns leads them to not be able to get degrees and higher paying jobs.
And the whole having children thing is bullshit. Friendly reminder that if women didn’t have children the human race would die out? Yeah. Just in case you forgot. Women, like I said, are often expected and pressured into leaving their jobs because they are expected to look after the children. Because of rigid gender roles, men aren’t encouraged to leave their work to look after their children, it’s always the women’s job. And maternity leave is pretty crap in most countries too. A female often has to completely leave her job if she wants to look after her child for longer than a few months, which isn’t fair. Then if she wants to go back to working, she needs to start from the bottom and work her way up again. This could be solved if a) women weren’t expected to be the only one’s to look after children and b) if women had longer paid maternity leave.
Women are discouraged from doing things from an early age. Instead of being told our worth comes from what we do and acheieve, we are told it comes from how we look. This can clearly be seen in magazines aimed at teenagers, where the one’s directed at boys are about doing things and the one’s directed at girls is about shutting up and thinking about how you look and if you love yourself too much.
When society influence our actions and and pressurise us into decisions, you can’t just say that it’s our “life choices” and ultimately our fault that we have lower paying jobs and the wage gap exists.