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  • David Churchman

    06/27/2013 06:27 PM

    Heard someone quoting the old "women are paid 77% of what men are" canard. Not true:

    In fact, American women have largely won the battle for equal pay despite statistics suggesting that they earn only about 75% of what men do. The statistic is true enough on average, but controlling for four variables that are the basis for legitimate differences in pay eliminates the disparity. First, men tend to work from their first job until retirement, while women tend to drop out until their children reach school age, so that by the peak earning years males average seven more years work experience than women. Second, their labor force participation rate is about 10% lower than that of men. More women than men work part-time so earn less in salary and benefits (Hymnowitz 2012). Third, until recently, women had less education and had jobs requiring less skill, effort, and responsibility. Fourth, even among college graduates, women tended to major in fields that led to lesser paying jobs: in biology instead of physics, in sociology instead of economics, and so on. Regional differences in salaries and proportion of women in the work force may also help explain the apparent discrepancies. Finally, a lifetime view of income differences would adjust for the fewer years women pay into Social Security and pension funds and the greater number of years they collect, again on average. Much of this is changing, hence the reduced disparities.
    Women were long denied equal education (one reason they had lesser jobs), but this is changing rapidly. Girls are trouncing boys on reading tests, catching up in math, and beginning to dominate extracurricular activities. “Only” 27% of girls, but 73% of boys are diagnosed with learning disabilities, while 76% of boys but “only” 24% of girls are diagnosed as emotionally disturbed. Girls are less likely to cheat on tests, wind up in detention, or drop out of school, and are more likely than boys to go to college. If current trends continue, we may soon see the time when males rather than females require affirmative action.
    Women have reached or are approaching parity with men even in high payoff graduate degrees including law, management, and medicine (Sommers 2000; Tiger 2000). Women are earning bachelors and masters degrees at a significantly higher rate than men, make up almost half of all law students and are rapidly closing the MD and PhD gap (Business Week 26 May 2003).
    Unsurprisingly, this is beginning to impact wage statistics. Among single, childless workers between 22 and 30 in the majority of US metro areas, women now earn 9-18% more than their male counterparts do. Women increasingly are becoming presidents of major corporations and universities. By 2004, Avon, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, Travelocity, Ventas, Xerox, and Young & Rubicam were among major corporations run by women, while women were “heirs apparent” at dozens more. Women have headed the 24-campus California State University and others including minority women have headed its individual campuses. Women have held presidencies at City University of New York, Stanford, and The University of Michigan among others, and have served as Cabinet secretaries since the Eisenhower presidency. In the military, American women now reach the rank of general.
    The increase in “house husbands” may be a reflection of well-educated highly qualified women getting better jobs than their husbands. Finally, since 1965 married men have almost tripled their weekly contribution to food preparation and cleanup, housework and childcare to an average of 11.1 hours a week. In what appears to be a continuing trend the woman in 38% of all US marriages is the higher wage earner, up from 24% in 1987. Women are earning 57% of all bachelor’s degrees, 60% of all master’s degrees, and 52% of all doctoral degrees.
    from my book, Why We Fight: the origins, nature, and management of human conflict, second edition May 2013.

  • Allen Stephens

    06/25/2013 08:19 PM

    I believe that an income tax is like slavery!!!
    What is slavery but taking someone's freedom so you can steal their labor? If it was not for the cheap labor that slavery provided no one would have ever owned slaves. With the income tax system you might get to keep your freedom but the government steals your labor. And they decide how much of your labor they steal. If you are in the 25% tax bracket then you are 25% a slave.

  • Gerald Gonzales

    06/25/2013 07:01 PM

    This President is out of control. Refusing to go through the proper channels of going thru congress and approveing stuff that does not require congressional approval. Is there any thing that can be dome to stop him.

  • Ken Kersey

    06/25/2013 05:37 PM

    Legal immigrants are medically screened to keep out contagious diseases. Illegal immigrants aren't. Despite reports by the CDC about TB, etc., this aspect of immigration reform is never discussed in either the US Senate or the House in Washington D. C. Why?

    Ken Kersey Texas

  • William Tousignant

    06/25/2013 04:20 PM

    In regards to Bob Corker, He has no credibility in the state of Tennessede. While he was try ing get reelected, he was against amnesty and any new imigration bill. Now he is supporting it. he lied to the people of Tennessee just to get reelected.
    We do not need this new bill, as I feel that Obama will chose to not enforce it. The fence wse to be built in the past and it was ever completed.
    Please stop supporting this bill. This will be the end of the United States of America as we know it.
    The illegals are taking many jobs from American workers, this will allow more Americans to loose jobs to illegals.

    Here where I live almost all the painting and bricklayer jobs have been taken by illegals.
    This must be stopped.