The gender pay gap is not real. Despite the of the gender pay gap exist, even though there’s extensive research proven its real. Only 61% of men believe that they make more than women for performing the same jobs. But the reality is USA women working full-time, earned just 80 cents for every dollar men earned in 2016 and the gap is even worse when broken down by race.
Here are the five common myths we hear about the pay gap and how to convince the deniers that it’s real:
- Women Leave The Workforce To Have Children:
It’s not that women wants to leave there job to take care of children; it’s that they are force to. A lot of men and women in the USA don’t have paid family leaves, research shows that women will take unpaid family leave but men refuse to. When women in the workforce have children, research shows they experience a pay cut but when men have kids they get a pay increase. Experts call it the fatherhood bonus and even when women decide to stay in the workforce and never have kids, we’re still seeing a pay gap.
- Men Simply Work Harder And Work Longer Hours:
On average women spend more time than men doing housework and caring for kids and older family members. And while women are at home doing domestic work, men are able to log more continuous work hours resulting in a pay premium. So women have an unpaid second shift that subsidizes men’s work.
- Men are more educated than women:
Women earn about 56% of all bachelor’s degrees in the United Stated. Research has found that as an increasing number of women are seeking higher education, the pay gap is shrinking. But if you compare men and women with the same level of education, the pay gap is even larger. Men are rewarded disproportionately for earning the same credentials as women.
- Women Don’t know how to negotiate:
It’s true that women are less likely to negotiate job offers but that’s because when women ask for higher salaries, they are viewed as high maintenance, demanding and often penalized. Negotiation skills can’t combat gender bias and discrimination.
- Men Pursue Higher Paying Careers:
Intentionally, women are not setting out to find lower paying jobs. The jobs that women do are valued less than men’s and as women enter a field the wages drop. When a large number of women become designers, wages fell by 34%. When they become biologist, wages drop by 18%.
- (Larson, 2019)